Our soloist for the concerts on 5th and 6th October 2019 is a welcome return visit from Elizabeth Ryder.
Elizabeth Ryder studied at Birmingham Conservatoire where she gained a First Class Bachelor of music (hons) under the tuition of Rita Cullis. Her many prizes whilst at Birmingham include the Mario Lanza opera prize, the Edward brooks English song prize and the Cecil Drew oratorio prize, she was also highly commended by Richard Stokes in the Reginald Vincent Lieder prize. Elizabeth was awarded the Margaret Pascoe scholarship for excellence two years running and won a silver medal from the Worshipful company of musicians. Among her many concert performances, Elizabeth has performed Mozart’s C minor mass with (Market Harborough choral society) Handel’s Messiah (Newark choral society), Bach's St Matthew Passion with the Kington choral society and Christmas Oratorio with Music for Everyone in Nottingham. She has also been selected to take part in masterclasses given by Ann Murray in the Leeds Lieder Festival, Graham Johnson and Brigitte Fassbaender at Wigmore hall. In 2014 she performed a selection of Duparc Chansons with the Charnwood orchestra and she was the Soprano soloist for the Hallé orchestra in Nottingham's Royal concert hall. Elizabeth has gained a breadth of experience in operatic leading roles, such as Galatea in Handel's Acis and Galatea, Anna Maurrant in Kurt Weil's Street Scene as well as Miss Wordsworth (Albert Herring), Tytania (A Midsummer night's dream) and Governess (The Turn of the screw) in a Britten opera scenes production. Elizabeth performed 'Frasquita' as a cover role in Nevill Holt's production of Carmen where she was commended in Opera Now magazine for making a 'hugely pleasing impression.' She returned to Nevill Holt and played 'Countess Ceprano' in Verdi's Rigoletto and appeared in the Northern Ireland Opera revival of Donizetti's Elixir of Love. More recent engagements include her performance of Sieben Frühe Lieder by Berg with the Charnwood Orchestra. Upcoming engagements include performing at the Wolf Lieder Festival in Vienna, along with returning to Nottingham to perform with the Halle, she will also perform Britten’s Les Illuminations with Benslow music