Sunday 14th July 2019
Waterfront (Floral Hall), Southport
Guest soloist will be vocalist Louise Dickinson and the concert will once again feature the Woodlands School Choir from Formby. The afternoon will include classics such as Carmen, Skyfall, Finlandia, Bring Him Home and Pomp and Circumstance No.1.
Louise began studying classical singing at Lancaster University, from where she graduated with a first class recital mark and the Denis McCaldin Prize for Musical Performance, and currently studies with Caroline Crawshaw (former RNCM Director of Vocal Studies). She has been a soloist for the Royal School of Church Music and for choral societies in the North West, as well as in recitals throughout the area. She has also sung with a number of prestigious choirs, including Oxford Pro Musica Singers and the Hallé Choir, and has enjoyed many festival successes throughout the country, including winning the overall adult vocal challenge at the prestigious Huddersfield Mrs Sunderland Festival.
Louise enjoys singing works from a variety of different genres, from opera to jazz and musicals. She is also a dell’Arte Artiste, and has enjoyed performing as a soloist with L’Orchestra dell’Arte. Recent and upcoming engagements include performing as a featured artist for an audience of over 1000 for the 2018 National Feast of Lanterns, Fauré’s Requiem for Wirral Orchestra, opera arias with Port Sunlight Orchestra, and Mozart’s Exultate Jubilate with Liverpool Mozart Orchestra in May 2019.
Also an experienced music educator and choral conductor, Louise currently teaches both privately and in schools. She also enjoys putting her conducting and vocal training experience to good use, directing choirs and shows at schools in Altrincham and others on a freelance basis. Since October 2018 Louise has also been Musical Director of the Weaver Valley WI Choir, and also conducts community choirs for the Hallé.
Introducing Heather Stark
Throughout its long history Southport Orchestra has been committed to introducing audiences to a wide range of classical and popular music. Furthermore, they have been keen to encourage others to experience the joys of playing a musical instrument and maybe even joining a musical group.
During the autumn of 2016 Southport Orchestra presented a joint Christmas concert at Emmanuel Church, Southport, inviting the children of Formby’s Woodlands Primary School Choir to join them for the evening.
An unexpected outcome of this event was that a member of the choir, 10-year-old Heather Stark, found herself sat close to the orchestra’s harpist and was totally captivated by both the player and the sound of this beautiful instrument. Already a talented young singer, pianist, clarinettist and violinist Heather began a campaign of persuading her parents that becoming a harpist was now at the very top of her life’s ambitions!
Fast forward to 2019, having sought the advice of a range of accomplished harpists and teachers, Heather, now aged just 12 years, is the proud owner of a magnificent pedal harp. She is also a grade 4 harpist whilst also playing violin in Sefton Youth Orchestra. An audition with the Royal Northern College of Music is on the horizon for this extremely talented, dedicated and ambitious young lady!
Alistair Ligertwood has been performing and teaching for over 30 years. During his career, he has performed in recital and with orchestras across Europe and further afield; one of his most memorable performances took place in Sana’a, the capital of Yemen, between civil wars. He currently plays with the Crosby Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestra Dell’Arte, when not leading the Southport Orchestra cello section.
He has been taught by Cathie Bunting and Georgina Aasgaard and has attended masterclasses by Thomas Demenga and Yo-Yo Ma.
He regularly performs in pit orchestras and festival orchestras across the North West, as well as performing as part of the Florence Quartet for corporate and private events.
Outside of music, his interests include languages – he is fluent in Arabic and French – and international politics and history.
He plays a 20th century German cello made from Pear wood.
Musical Theatre is a massive part of my life, with most nights spent rehearsing with various local societies – whether it is performing on stage, playing the piano or conducting the band from the pit. I have been involved with a few SO concerts in previous years and have enjoyed every second of performing with the fantastic orchestra, I look forward to singing with the Orchestra again in this year’s Proms on the Prom concert.
The present orchestra was formed in 1952, generally playing three concerts a year in local venues. We are a group of enthusiastic and friendly musicians getting together once a week to rehearse for a series of concerts throughout the concert season.
The orchestra plays a wide variety of music from the standard classical repertoire through to light classics. Our concerts provide an opportunity for everyone to experience live music played by a full orchestra in local venues.
We meet and rehearse from 8pm to 10pm on Tuesday evenings at All Saints Church Hall, off Park Road, Southport
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