EXCELSIOR:

SONGS OF THE VICTORIAN PARLOUR 

Throughout the nineteenth century, drawing rooms rang out with the sounds of the finest songs of the age.

Mark Nathan, William Wallace and Claire Harris will take you back in time, with a wonderful, witty and rousing selection of the greatest Victorian Parlour Songs.

From Annabel Lee to Excelsior, we will take you on a journey through the world of the Victorian Parlour Song, inhabited by such wonderful composers as Sir Arthur Sullivan, M.W. Balfe and Oley Speaks.

From an after dinner entertainment to a full concert, our programme is adaptable to suit any and all occasions.  For more information, please contact Mark.

For a sample short programme, click here

The Dicky Bird and the Owl (Demo) - Sir Arthur Sullivan
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The Gendarmes' Duet (Demo) - Jacques Offenbach
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Diana Roberts, 2015

Diana Roberts, 2015

 

W I L L I A M   W A L L A C E   (T E N O R)

William Wallace, winner of the 2016 London Handel Singing Competition (Regina Etz Prize), graduated from the National Opera Studio as a 2015/16 Young Artist and the Royal College of Music (M.Perf., 2015) where he studied with Tim Evans Jones. This summer William performed Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni for Winslow Hall Opera and will repeat the role this October for Opera Project in Bristol. Last summer, he sang the Schoolmaster in Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen with British Youth Opera, for which he received the 2015 Dame Hilda Bracket Award from the Sadler’s Wells Trust. William’s other roles include the Mayor in Albert Herring and Zweiter Preister in Die Zauberflöte for the Royal College of Music International Opera School, Tybalt in Gounod’s Romeo and Juliet (Bearwood Opera), Gastone in Verdi's La Traviata (Rye Festival) and in Dido and Aeneas with La Nuova Musica this summer at the Brighton Festival. 

 

William’s extensive oratorio and concert repertory includes Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Handel’s Messiah, Theodora, Judas Maccabeus and Acis and Galatea, Haydn's Harmoniemesse, Saint-Saëns’ Oratorio de Noel and Bach’s Cantatas, Magnificat and Passions (as the Evangelist and tenor soloist). He recently sang Handel arias on BBC Radio3’s In Tune.

 

M A R K   N A T H A N  (B A R I T O N E)

Mark Nathan  graduated from a Masters degree at the Royal College of Music in 2015, where he studied with Peter Savidge. Previous operatic roles include Marcello (La Boheme - Puccini), Point (Yeoman of the Guard – Gilbert and Sullivan), Papageno (Die Zauberflöte - Mozart), Adonis (Venus and Adonis – Blow), Dr Falke (Die Fledermaus - Strauss), Koko (The Mikado – Gilbert and Sullivan; Co-Opera), The Artist (Puppet Opera Triple Bill; Winner of Off West End Best Opera Award), Il Dottore (La Traviata - Verdi), Wagner (Faust - Gounod Gob (The Poisoned Kiss – Vaughan Williams), Morales (Carmen – Bizet), Judge and Counsel (Trial By Jury – Gilbert and Sullivan), Narrator (Narcissus and Echo – Opera Viscera; World Premiere), Antoine (La Vie Parisienne – Offenbach; RCM Interational Opera School). Musical theatre roles include Ali Hakim (Oklahoma! - Rogers and Hammerstein), Pharoah (Joseph and his Technicolour Dreamcoat - Andrew Lloyd Webber), Steward (Into the Woods - Stephen Sondheim), and chorus in: Sweeney Todd, Me and My Girl. He has also performed in scenes from Don Giovanni (Don Giovanni), Le Nozze di Figaro (Figaro and Count), Cosi Fan Tutte (Guglielmo and Don Alfonso), Don Pasquale (Malatesta), Les Contes d’Hoffmann (Dr Miracle), The Mikado (Pooh-Bah), The Pirates of Penzance (Major General), The Life to Come (World Premiere), Between Worlds (World Premiere)

 

Mark is in demand as a recitalist and oratorio soloist, and has worked with notable singers such as Sir John Tomlinson, Rosalind Plowright OBE, Ian Partridge CBE and Andrew Shore.

 

C L A I R E   H A R R I S  (P I A N O)

Claire Harris graduated in 2015 with a Masters of Performance in Piano Accompaniment from the Royal College of Music, where she studied with Simon Lepper, Elizabeth Burley and Roger Vignoles. Claire was supported in her studies by a John and Marjorie Coultate Award and a Soirée d'Or Award. She was also a post-graduate fellow of the New Zealand Federation of Graduate Women. In 2014, Claire was awarded the Help Musicians UK Accompanist Prize as part of the Maggie Teyte and Licette Award and the Violette Szabo GC Memoriam Prize in the Lies Askonas competition.

 

Before moving to London in 2011, Claire studied with Diedre Irons at the New Zealand School of Music, where she was awarded the Rere Beckway Piano Performance Prize. Claire has performed widely in the UK and Europe as an accompanist, chamber musician and soloist, and is a regular accompanist for the Academie de La Roche D'Hys opera workshop in Burgundy, France. She has a particular interest in contemporary music and collaborating with composers to create new works.

© 2019 by Mark Nathan.

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