Thursday 7th June 2018 1:00pm

Location: St Andrew’s Parish Church, Sedbergh

Christopher SteeleChristopher grew up in Canberra and sang in choirs in his later years at school. Whilst completing a BSc in Geology he continued voice lessons at the School of Music and sang in amateur operatic productions. After graduating he decided to try to pursue a career in music and joined the chorus of the Victorian State Opera and Opera Australia.

He was awarded an ABRSM International Scholarship to the opera course of the Royal College of Music. He went on to perform as a principal artist in small roles for the Royal Opera, WNO, ENO and Opera North and lead tenor roles in many operas for National and European touring companies. He has also performed extensively in oratorio, enjoying Handel and Haydn as much as Verdi, Puccini and Dvorak. Recently he sang The Evangelist in Bob Chilott’s St John Passion for Lancaster Singers. Whilst touring, Christopher uses his spare time to develop translations. He has also written a translation of Schubert’s Die Schöne Mullerin and is planning to record the work this year. Chris now combines his performing career with teaching voice and undertaking voice research. He teaches both privately in Lancaster and at Sedbergh School in Cumbria.

Peter Noke works as a teacher has involved every age range and he currently teaches piano at Sedbergh School in Cumbria and at Lancaster University. He has examined for ABRSM since 1990 and travels frequently as a mentor and presenter, giving seminars internationally.

Some other events in June 2018

Monday 4th June 2018 7:30pm

Sedbergh Music Festival – Kentdale Wind Quintet

Malcolm Arnold shanties, Thomas Arne, Paul Patterson, Norman Hallam’s ‘Charleston’ and more

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Tuesday 5th June 2018 8:00pm

Sedbergh Music Festival – Red Priest

Red Priest, founded in 1997 and named after the flame-haired priest, Antonio Vivaldi, is the only early music group in the world to have been compared in the press to the Rolling Stones, Jackson Pollock, the Marx Brothers, Spike Jones and the Cirque du Soleil.

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Wednesday 6th June 2018 7:30pm

Sedbergh Music Festival – Castalia String Quartet

The Castalia Quartet was formed in 2004 when Botton Eurythmy Ensemble asked Sonia Hammond to find musicians for several performances of Mendelssohn’s Octet in London, Eire and Botton Village. From this octet came the Castalia Quartet; Julian Cann, first violin and Sonia Hammond, cello are the founding members from 2004. Since then they have been joined by Jennie Jones, second violin in 2007 and Robert Dick, viola in 2013.

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