Programme to include solos and duets by Monteverdi, Handel, Mozart, Rossini, Clara Schumann, Brahms, Richard Strauss, Barber, Britten, Messiaen, Armstrong Gibbs and Ivor Novello.
Latvian mezzo-soprano Tina Gelnere is currently studying at the David Seligman Opera School at Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama with Anne Mason. Comfortable on both the operatic stage and the concert platform, Tina has enjoyed performing internationally throughout the United Kingdom and Europe including Latvian National Opera, Riga Cathedral, Latvian Society House, Chichester Cathedral, Agios Petros Dominikanon, Greece.
Recent operatic roles include Nancy (Albert Herring) at RWCMD, Conversa and Seconda Cercatrice (Suor Angelica) with Minotaur Opera. At the University of Chichester, Tina enjoyed performing a number of roles, most especially Cherubino (Le nozze di Figaro) and Casilda (The Gondoliers). Tina has performed Meg (Falstaff), Dorothée (Cendrillon), Cherubino (Le nozze di Figaro) and Secretary (The Consul) in opera scenes at RWCMD. Tina has taken part in courses with British Youth Opera, Melofonetica, Jackdaws and Morley College. Tina is delighted to been given a role in the Welsh National Opera production of Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking in Summer 2019. And is also looking forward to première a newly written opera at the Atmospheres Festival in Cardiff as well as perform in The Four-Note Opera by Tom Johnson. Tina is supported by The Leverhulme Trust, Mario Lanza Educational Foundation, Funtington Music Group, Leathersellers’ Company Charitable Fund, and private sponsors.
Olivia Moss graduated from the University of York with a BA (hons) in Music in 2016 and now studies privately with Rosa Mannion, with additional lessons from Mary King and Richard Jackson. Olivia is honoured to be the recipient of The Gus Christie Award 2018 from Glyndebourne. Recent performance highlights include performing as a soloist in Bernstein’s ‘Mass’ at the Royal Festival Hall under the baton of Marin Alsop and playing Suor Dolcina in a new production of Puccini’s ‘Suor Angelica’ for the Heraklion Piano Festival, Crete. She also sang as soprano soloist in Handel’s Messiah for the Richmond Choral Society in December and in recent concerts for Opera Kensington and the Chichester Festival. Olivia was honoured to be selected for the Glyndebourne Academy 2017, where she benefitted from an intensive training programme, led by Mary King. Olivia also studied for the 2016/17 academic year at the Morley College Opera School.
Passionate about exploring and promoting contemporary classical music, Olivia has performed as part of the Chimera Ensemble and the York Composers’ Collective and she is part of a new soprano group, Philomel, which programmes new commissions alongside early soprano works. In June 2018, Olivia performed a selection of soprano and piano works, including two world premieres written for her, in the Borough New Music concert series in London. Olivia was a member of the Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Choir and was honoured to perform with them at the 2012 Olympic Closing Ceremony and in the world premiere of Emily Howard’s chamber opera ‘Zatopek!’. With them, she also performed as a soloist in Vivaldi’s Gloria at the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Hall. At University Olivia was part of The 24, directed by Robert Hollingworth and the University of York Choir and Chamber Choir with Prof. Peter Seymour. Olivia also performed as a soloist for the chamber choir on numerous occasions, in performances with the University Baroque Ensemble.
Chris Coote started playing the piano at the age of 4, and performing from the age of 11, mainly to captive audiences in old people’s homes. He has attended master classes for many years at Morley College under Martino Tirimo and Gwenneth Pryor, and was taught by Jean Anderson and Fiona Cameron, both retired professors from the Royal Academy of Music. Never having taken a piano exam previously, he decided to prove to his three musical children that he could play by gaining a performance LTCL in 2005. Since retiring fully from professional life as an actuary in 2013, a replacement career has opened up, and he now performs regularly as a soloist and collaborative pianist. He has accompanied vocal masterclasses at Chichester University, is chairman of the Bognor Regis Music Club, treasurer of the Funtington Music Group, and accompanies services at Chichester Baptist Church and other local churches.