Thursday 27th April 2017 - 7.45pm

Fiona Hymns (Soprano), Vasili Karpiak (Tenor), Somi Kim (Piano)

Songs and arias by Donizetti, Mozart, Puccini, Verdi, and Giordano

St Andrew Holborn, EC4A 3AB
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ARTIST BIOGRAPHIES

Soprano Fiona Hymns was born in Dorset. After graduating with a BA in History from Royal Holloway, University of London, she completed the MMus programme at the Royal Northern College of Music.
Recent highlights include appearing as a soloist in Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dreamn in the opening gala concert for the Al-Bustan festival in Lebanon and a performance of the Charlotte Bronte themed recital Impossible Passions, which tours the UK in Autumn 2017. In June she joins the ensemble for the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, performing in Don Giovanni and The Rake’s Progress.
Notable operatic roles include Elivra (Don Giovanni, Hampstead Garden Opera), Terinka (Cover, The Jacobin, Buxton Festival), Amore (Cover, Orfeo ed Euridice, Buxton Festival), Adina (L’Elisir d’Amore, Pint-sized Opera) and Lidochka (Moscow, Cheryomushki, RNCM). In 2015 she created the roles of Nadia and Rosa for Helios Collective’s Toi Toi 2015, and joined the chorus of Grange Park Opera for their 2015 productions of Samson et Dalilah and La Boheme.
Fiona is an experienced concert soloist, notably in the premiere and recording of David Owen Norris’s new oratorio Prayerbook (released by EM Records). Other appearances include Verdi Requiem, Haydn Nelson Mass, Fauré Requiem, Vaughan Williams Serenade to Music, Vivaldi Gloria, Beethoven Mass in C and Handel Dixit Dominus.

Mastered in prestigious and world renowned International Opera Schools Vasili Karpiak has performed in numerous operas, concerts, recitals and private venues across UK and abroad. He has performed in many European countries, Monaco, France, Switzerland, Germany, Spain, Austria, Italy, Sweden, Belgium.

Vasili has worked with such directors as John Copley (director ROH Covent Garden), Jean Claude Auvray ( Grand Opera Paris), Paul Curan (Los Angeles opera), Kasper Holton (Principal Director ROH Covent Garden), William Curley (artistic director of Globe theatre), opera director Martin Lloyd-Evans, Barry Bank, Mishele Crider.

A few of the places he has performed in London are the Royal Albert Hall, Lancaster House, National Liberal Club, Livery Hall of the Worshipful Company of Cutlers, V&A museum. Vasili Karpiak was chosen numerous times to sing for The Society of The Knights of the Round Table, for the Princess Galitzine and Hermitage Foundation for the Anniversary of Romanoff dynasty,for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012 and has entertained a number of Royal Families across Europe in prestigious public and private venue places and Chateaux. He has also done functions for major hotel lines, function Balls and membership clubs.

In recent years he successfully prepared Alfredo “Traviata” (Verdi) and De Grieux “Manon” (Massenet) with David Gowland, Artistic Director of the Young Artist Programme Covent Garden London. Vasili has been supported by a Wall Trust Award, Harbour Foundation, the Fidelio Trust, Ann Driver Trust , Henry Wood Trust, The Honorable Society of The Knights of the Round Table, Serena Fenwick Trust, Phillip Carne Trust.

South Korean born New Zealand pianist, Somi Kim was the winner of the 2014 Gerald Moore Award for Accompanists. A recent graduate from the Royal Academy of Music, she is a scholar on the Samling Artist Programme and Georg Solti Accademia. She is an artist for the Park Lane Group, Kirckman Concert Society and Worshipful Company of Musicians. She has given recitals at Het Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Wigmore Hall, St. John’s Smith Square, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Bridgewater Hall, St. James’s Piccadilly, St. Martin-in-the-Fields and Oxford Lieder Festival.

Somi spent a week in Venice last month at the Georg Solti Accademia. In the summer, she will make her debut at the Ryedale Festival and will return to France for a chamber music residency in Brel. In August, Somi will appear as a resident artist of the Royal Over-Seas League at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and will be a staff pianist at the International Holland Music Sessions.

CHARITIES SUPPORTED

The mission at Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity is to enhance Great Ormond Street Hospital’s (GOSH) ability to transform the health and wellbeing of children and young people, giving them the best chance to fulfil their potential.

GOSH provides funds to four key areas in order to support the hospital.

We provide funds to help modernise and redevelop GOSH by replacing and expanding outdated clinical facilities and accommodation, enabling the hospital to treat more children in modern environments.

We fund child, family and staff support projects to help improve the experience of patients and their families, enable clinical innovation and provide important support for the hospital’s dedicated staff.

We provide funding for vital research to pioneer new and kinder treatments for rare and complex conditions. Over the next five years we will increase our investment, spending over £50 million.

We ensure that the hospital can harness the latest technologies by investing in new equipment and related capital projects.

Vulindlela Guardians is a Bulawayo (Zimbabwe) based orphanage which cares for the orphans of AIDS victims who are left in the care of aged, and often penniless and homeless, grandparents. The children are identified and cared for by a volunteer Social Worker and founder of Vulindlela Guardians, Mrs. Patricia Tshabalala, who battles against all odds to give these children the basic right of any child and that is the opportunity to attend school. Vulindlela Guardians was founded by Ruth Feigenbaum and Mrs Patricia Tshabalala in 1996.

In recent years funds have been raised to help more than 400 HIV orphans gain a primary school education. Children in Zimbabwe do not have access to free state education, and without our help, some of these orphans would be excluded from education altogether. Primary School education costs just £80 per year/per child.

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