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    25 May | Wednesday, 20:00 | Kensington United Reformed Church

    Solace in chaos. Charity concert in support of war victims.

    A charity concert supporting war victims in Ukraine on May 25th will take place at 8 pm in an ancient church in the heart of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. The evening programme includes songs and arias of the world-famous composers such as Bach, Handel, Mozart, Verdi and Wagner.

    Between stimulus and response, there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.

    Today we all live in a time of chaos when we inevitably seek solace, a place where we can forget everything that's swirling around us. And we would like to give you an opportunity, at least for a while, to get away from the hustle and bustle, heavy thoughts and worries and enjoy beautiful music.

    The pieces you're going to hear will make you think about eternal values such as peace, love, mercy, humanism, selflessness and compassion. The programme will be performed by young and talented musicians whose primary goal is to bring light and contemplation through their art.

    PERFORMERS

    Gleb Zakharov (Countertenor)

    Scarlett Jones (Soprano)

    Hannah Wardrop (Soprano)

    Daniel Chomiak (Bass-Baritone)

    Ana Sofia Nunes (Soprano)

    Abigail Barker (Soprano)

    Jodie Wiggins (Soprano)

    Varvara Tarasova (Piano, Soprano)

    Roxana ShiniMehrabzadeh (Piano)

    The concert will be held in collaboration with Kiddo Charitable Foundation.

    Since 2013, this organisation has been helping Ukrainian families fight serious illnesses every day. Today, Kiddo is engaged in fundraising for humanitarian needs, medication products, and household items for the war victims in Ukraine.

    All proceeds to go to Kiddo If you are unable to attend but would like to support Kiddo, make a donation here paypal.me/kiddokids

    Gleb Zakharov (Countertenor)

    Gleb Zakharov - Russian countertenor, Bachelor of Fine Arts, and choral scholar at the Old Royal Naval College Chapel Choir under Ralph Alwood. Gleb studied singing and the history of art at Moscow State University and Moscow Imperial Conservatoire, then in Berlin, in Hanns Eisler Hochschule für Musik with professor Renate Faltin. He took part in many concert events and classical music festivals in Moscow, including International Festival 'Barocco Nights', where he performed baroque repertoire. Also, He worked as creative director of the festival. For the moment, Gleb is improving his singing technique in London at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, studying under professor Robert Alderson.

    Scarlett Jones (Soprano)

    Scarlett is a second-year Soprano at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, where she studies with the Tenor Eamonn Mulhall. Born and raised in North Wales, at the age of 16, she was accepted into Chetham's School of Music in Manchester, where she performed under the batons of Sir John Rutter, Jac van Steen, Jonathan Heyward and Sir Mark Elder. Singing works such as Mahler's 8th Symphony and Elgar's Music Makers at The Bridgewater Hall. Since being at Trinity, Scarlett has performed in the choruses of Eugene Onegin and La Boheme as a Part of Winter Postgraduate Opera Scenes and most recently sang in the Die Walküre Spring Opera Scenes playing the role of Waltraute.

    Hannah Wardrop (Soprano)

    Hannah Wardrop is a young Soprano currently in her second year at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, studying Voice with Joan Rodgers CBE. Hannah spent her youth studying in West Sussex, around which she performed in several local concerts for her peers and the community. Her budding dramatic colouratura Soprano voice has already earned her many performance opportunities within Trinity and externally, having just landed the title role in Trinity Laban’s upcoming opera production, which premieres in early July. Previous to this she has avidly taken part in smaller Opera Scenes performances, portraying Madame Larina in a scene of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin and singing in the chorus of Donizetti’s Anna Bolena. Current projects aside from this gala involve her title role, a charity concert for Ukraine and her end-of-year Major recital. Following her Bachelor’s degree at Trinity, she hopes to pursue postgraduate studies, still in London, and get a place on a young artist’s program, which will hopefully launch her into the Opera world.

    Daniel Chomiak (Bass-Baritone)

    Daniel Chomiak was born in Caracas, Venezuela. He began his musical life at the age of 6 as a violinist in 'El Sitema' with its founder Jose Antonio Abreu. In 2013 he discovered a passion for lyrical singing thanks to the Venezuelan soprano Samia Ibrahim who helped him to train during his last years in Venezuela. In 2017 he decided to expand his musical knowledge in Italy, Vicenza with Tenor Michele Fracasso. He is currently a first-year BMus student at Trinity Laban. Conservatoire of Music and Dance along with his teacher Dominic Natoli.

    Ana Sofia Nunes (Soprano)

    Ana Sofia Nunes is a 20-year-old classical soprano currently studying classical singing performance at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance under Jon Christos. Raised in Lisbon, Sofia has performed at Belém Cultural Centre, the Gulbenkian Foundation, and most of Lisbon’s music venues. She’s also performed in different London venues, including the Romanian Cultural Institute.

    Abigail Barker (Soprano)

    Abigail is a Soprano who grew up in Nottingham. She currently in the first year of undergraduate study at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and is taught by Patricia Rozario. She is a member of the Old Royal Naval College Chapel Choir and the Trinity Laban Chamber Choir. Most recently, she performed in the Brahms German Requiem at the Royal Festival Hall in Southbank. Abigail’s love for music began at a young age and she competed in many competitions for classical voice back in her home town. She started with a love of performing in musical theatre shows, which gradually grew to the love of opera. Abigail aspires to be a performer on the opera house stage one day and loves to sing emotive arias, with Theodora actually being a dream role of hers.

    Jodie Wiggins (Soprano)

    Jodie Wiggins is a Classical Soprano on the Vocal Studies course at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, taught by Teresa Cahill. Jodie is a dep for the Old Royal Naval College Chapel Choir and also part of the prestigious Rodolfus Choir with whom I recently performed the Brahms Requiem with at the Royal Festival Hall.’ Being a born and bread Norfolk girl, she has performed on several stages across the county, ranging from touring musical theatre productions to Classical recitals, Concert Operas, and other events. Jodie is currently the Head Chorister of Broadland Youth Choir, which she has been a part of from the age of 9. She also specialises in guitar and piano and teaches music to children in London.

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