Maggie McMurray writes:
We couldn’t be more thrilled to be welcoming George Burrows and the University of Portsmouth Choirs, accompanied by Anthony Groves and featuring soprano, Rebecca Silverman, in their tea-time concert, ‘Evening Song’, 3.30pm, Sunday 2nd December at Holy Trinity Church, Gosport! We are expecting 120 voices to swell our wonderful acoustics, creating a sound not to be missed . . . A very warm welcome awaits you plus a concert to celebrate ‘evening’ and the winter season! Do please join us for a 3.30pm start; free entrance with retiring collection with tea and cakes to follow.
George Burrows is Reader in Performing Arts at the University of Portsmouth, where he has lectured on music and theatre for more than 15 years. He worked for the Royal Opera House and at the University of Newcastle, before coming to Portsmouth where he learned to conduct and engaged in postgraduate studies. His published research focuses on interwar musical theatre and jazz. He founded the Song, Stage and Screen international conference in 2006 and the academic journal, Studies in Musical Theatre (intellect) in 2007. He is active as a performing musician and directs the University of Portsmouth’s choir, student choir and scholars’ choir. He is author of The Recordings of Andy Kirk’s Clouds of Joy, which is in preparation with Oxford University Press. Writing that book inspired him to learn the Sousaphone. He lives in Gosport.
Rebecca Silverman was born and educated in Essex. She was drawn initially to musical theatre but, at the age of fifteen, with a growing interest in classical singing, she had the opportunity to take a small principal role in a new opera commissioned by the Royal Opera House. At the age of seventeen, she auditioned successfully for entry to the Royal College of Music. She is currently in her final undergraduate year, and will be returning to RCM in September 2017 to study for her Masters degree. In 2015, she performed the roles of Adele in Strauss’ Die Fledermaus with Chelmsford City Opera, and Pepik in Janacek’s The Cunning Little Vixen and Cathleen in Vaughan-Wiliams’ Riders to the Sea, both with British Youth Opera. She has participated in masterclasses with Mhairi Lawson. She is also an experienced recitalist and a regular performer at livery company banquets in the City of London. Rebecca would like to express her gratitude to the Worshipful Company of Coopers for its continued support of her studies.