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Maxine Gardner

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Maxine is a classically-trained soprano, specialising in classical/Opera and other popular music.
Singer (soprano)
Milton Keynes
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About Maxine is a classically-trained soprano, specialising in classical and other popular music. She has sung with classical and gospel choirs nationally as both ensemble member and lead vocalist; aiming to share joy with others through the gift of song. Biography Born in the UK and educated in Jamaica, she first started singing at the age of 12 at a Pentecostal Church in Heartease, Mandeville. Whilst singing gospel there, she led the children’s choir, church choir and sang with a gospel band called "The Gospel Persuaders Band". She also performed as a soloist at various other venues in Jamaica. Returning to the UK in October 1987, she sang in further ensembles, such as combined choirs and as a lead vocalist with a Pentecostal church choir in Peckham, London for over 16 years. Additionally, she performed as a solo artist at weddings and church functions all over the country. After marrying in December 2003, she revived her singing passion in two local amateur choirs, ‘Music in the Brickhills’ and 'Stewkley Singers' which perform recitals of classical pieces. This was such an enjoyable experience that it inspired her to seek professional training to master the classical genre. She has since performed; Mozart’s ‘Requiem’, Handel’s ‘Messiah’, Rutter’s ‘Gloria’, ‘The Armed Man’ by Karl Jenkins and many other classical pieces. In February 2016, she reprised her favourite piece, Mozart’s ‘Requiem’, this time with one of the best classical choirs in the country, ‘The Hertfordshire Chorus’ conducted by David Temple - who is also the founder of the Crouch End Festival Chorus. This was an amazing and incredible, mind blowing experience. In June came more excitement with a debut at the Tate Modern, singing as part of Tino Sehgal’s ‘This is Propaganda 2002’, which ran until July. This unforgettable experience was pleasantly topped off with a meeting with Tino himself. In February 2017, she performed Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Pie Jesu” at a birthday celebration in a North London church, seating over 2000. In September 2018, she performed at the Huddersfield Town Hall in Commemorative Event to Celebrate 75 years of the Windrush and the NHS Huddersfield Town. Most recently, Maxine was asked to perform whilst on holiday for Joss Blanchard a professional artist at her exhibition in the Ville de Mougin in the South of France in July 2019. October 2019, Maxine performed at a Village concert to raise money for church(St Mary the Virgin - Great Brickhill) toilet. February - March 2020, Maxine to perform with Aylesbury Opera - Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci at The Court Theatre at Tring · Tring Presently, Maxine aims to share joy with others through the gift of song; fusing her lively, Pentecostal upbringing with classical style and pieces to create a soul-stirring mix of music. Maxine studies opera in London with Håkan Vramsmo, a well known Swedish baritone.

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I have a car I can use to travel to gigs
I require car parking close to venues
I can perform with backing tracks
I can perform while walking around a venue
My equipment is PAT tested
I own a PA system
Encore awards
1st Encoreversary
Musicianship
Genres:
Classical, Renaissance, Baroque, Medieval music, Opera
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Event types:
Concert, Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Recording session, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Song list

1. Panis Angelicus - Cesar Frank
2. O Quante Volte – Vincenzo Bellini
3. Dolente Imagine by Vincenzo Bellini
4. Vanne, O Rosa fortunata by Vincenzo Bellini
5. Gretchen am Spinnrade by Schubert
6. Ave Maria – Frank Schubert
7. Mio Ben, ricordati by Franz Schubert
8. Ave Maria by J.S Bach and Charles Gounod
9. Pieta Signore
10. Divine Redeemer - Charles Francois Gounod
11. How Beautiful are the Feet by George Friedrich Handel
12. Let the Bright Seraphim by George Fredric Handel
13. Lascia Chi'o pianga by George Fredrich Handel
14. Eternal Light by George Fredric Handel
15. O Sole Mia - Di Capua, Eduardo
16. The Lord’s Prayer
17. The Lord’s My Shepherd
18. Summertime by George Gershwin
19. Pie Jesu - Andrew Lloyd Webber
20. How Should I your true love know - by William Shakespeare (Sonnet) - Roger Quilter
21. Fear no more the Heat O' the sun by William Shakespeare (Sonnet) - Roger Quilter
22. Blow, blow thou Winter Wind by William Shakespeare (sonnet) - Roger Quilter
23. O Holy Night
24. Silent Night
25. In the Bleak Mid-Winter
26. Away in a Manger
27. What Child is this
Customer questions

What if my timings change after I've booked you?

I am always aim to please my client in everyway possible. I am flexiable to enable that my client needs are met at all time.

Can you provide an iPod/DJ service before and between your sets?

N/A

Can I pick the pieces you play from the set list?

Yes you can. I am happy for you to suggest other repertoires you like of your choice.

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

It depends on what is required by the client. I do have my own amplification and microphone if that is not provided. In most cases I do not need a mircophone but really depends on the venue. For exampe for church no but other venues may vary, this I would discuss with the client before hand.

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

yes! I sing in different languages so i will need plenty of time to prepare for any event. Preferably, 1 - 3 months notice depending on the song and language. English a month at least.

What do your clients love most about your performances?

The warmth and presence I give to the audience and the response is so touching. Angel voice is what most of my clients called me.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Concert halls Church venues Funerals Birthday Party Baby Shower Weddings

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Andrea Bocelli Maria Callas Jessye Norman Rene Fleming Dame Joan Sutherland Angela Gheorghiu Leontyne Price Kathleene Battle Beverley Sills and the list goes on

What is the most high profile gig you've performed?

Windrush Concert at Huddersfield Town Hall on the 29th September 2018 a Commemorative Event to Celebrate 70 Years of the Windrush and the NHS. It was a phenomenal!

Prices

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Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£100
Up to 1 hour£200
Up to 2 hours£400
Up to 3 hours£500

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Butch B, 1 year ago

Dear Maxine – may I extend a personal “well done” to you who took part in the wee eisteddfod last night – I thought you were absolutely magnificent and the buzz round the audience after the show proved that. Many thanks and congratulations to you – thank you for the music! Very best wishes

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Yvonne M, 2 years ago

"Everytime I heard you sing you just blow me away Maxine. Thanks for singing at the Women's event."

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