Soprano Katie Gilbert graduated with Distinction in 2018 with an MMus in Vocal Performance from Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, and continues to study with Louise Crane. Katie is currently returning from maternity leave in 2019-20, and performing, teaching, facilitating community singing groups and pursuing her interest in conducting.

 

In 2020 she will perform song recitals with regular duo partners Sue Whittaker, classical guitar, and Colin Shecktor and Konan Tanaka, piano, in venues across London. Katie will perform as a soloist, duo and ensemble in the June 2020 Sounds of Southfields festival concerts, which she is helping to organise. She also sings with Piccolo Concerts for children. Last year she co-founded the Oizys Ensemble, dedicated to promoting mental health awareness, and performed Schubert and Monteverdi in Schott's Music, London in May 2019. Katie also sang in the London Song Festival Lieder Masterclass in November 2018.

 

During her studies she participated in numerous stage and concert works both internally and externally, most notably as 'Venus' in Monteverdi's 'Ballo delle Ingrate', 'Pauline' in Offenbach's 'La Vie Parisienne', 'Lady Penelope Rich' in Britten's 'Gloriana' (Act II Sc 2) on the stage, and as a soloist in both contemporary and traditional repertoires: Jonathan Harvey's 'Song Offerings' at the Cheltenham Festival with musicians from Ensemble Court Circuit and Lyon and Birmingham Conservatoires, and in Mozart and Fauré's 'Requiems' with the City of Wolverhampton Choir. Katie also won the 2018 Edward Brooks English Song Prize, and was Specially Commended in the 2017 Ashleyan Opera Prize.

Katie's versatility as a singer is further evident in the numerous solo, duo, early music and chamber recitals she has undertaken: whether opera duets in Derby Cathedral, art song repertoire with piano as part of, for example, the CBSO Debussy Festival 2018, the numerous recitals with her regular classical guitar duo partner, Sue Whittaker, or performing Monteverdi trios with 2 other sopranos and lute/theorbo continuo in Great Malvern Priory and Old St Martin's, Worcester.

BIOGRAPHY

Prior to her studies in Birmingham Katie performed in many solo recitals in Oxford and Newcastle-upon-Tyne, and worked as a singing teacher and community singing group leader, both aspects of her music making which greatly enrich her performance life. Katie has a particular strength in musicianship, sight-singing and fast learning of music: during her undergraduate studies at the University of Oxford (BA (Hons) Music, 1st Class), she was a choral scholar at Exeter college, and sang with Schola Cantorum of Oxford as well as one to a part Renaissance masses with the Oxford Unversity Gregorian Chant Society. In addition, she was until the age of 21 primarily a flautist.

CV

Opera

Venus

Il ballo delle ingrate (Monteverdi)

Royal Birmingham Conservatoire

2018

Mother (Gertrude)

Hansel and Gretel (Act 1 Scenes 1 and 2) (Humperdinck)

Oxenfoord International Summer School

2018

Lady Penelope Rich

Gloriana (Act II Sc2) (Britten)

Royal Birmingham Conservatoire

2017

Yvette

La Rondine (Act I Sc1) (Puccini)

Royal Birmingham Conservatoire

2016

Miss Wordsworth

Albert Herring (Act I Sc 1) (Britten)

Oxenfoord International Summer School

2015

Operetta/G&S

Pauline

La Vie Parisienne (in English) (Offenbach)

Royal Birmingham Conservatoire

2018

Phyllis

Iolanthe (Sullivan)

Kidlington Amateur Operatic Society

2013

Art Song

Solo songs

De Falla, Debussy, Britten

with Piccolo Concerts for children

Emmanuel Church, Holloway and St Margaret's House, Bethnal Green

Upcoming Feb and April 2020

Duo Recitals

Various repertoire for Guitar and Voice

St Paul's Church, Parkside, St Thomas a Becket Church, Wandsworth (London) and St Michael in the Northgate (Oxford)

Upcoming March, July, August 2020

 

Duo Recitals

Rachmaninov, Britten and Debussy for Voice and Piano

St Paul's Church, Parkside, St Thomas a Becket Church, Wandsworth (London)

Upcoming April 2020

Duo Recital

French song for Voice and Piano

St Paul's Church, Parkside (London)

Upcoming July 2020

Duo Recital

Various repertoire for Guitar and Voice (Various)

St Paul's Church Parkside, London

2019

Solo and chamber works

Gretchen am Spinnerade; Lamento d'Arianna (Schubert; Monteverdi)

Oizys Ensemble, Schott's Music, London

2019

Duo Recital

Various for Voice and Classical Guitar (Including Britten, De Falla, Granados, Villa-Lobos)

The Vaults, Hexham

2018

Solo Recital

English song, voice and guitar repertoire (Various)

St Martin's in the Bullring, Birmingham

2018

Solo Songs and Arias

'Non Mi Dir', Proses Lyriques 3&4, op.34 1&10 (Mozart, Debussy, Rachmaninov)

Midday Music, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire

2018

Soloist

English Song repertoire (Dowland, Gurney, Dove, Howells)

Bournville Music Society

2018

Soloist

Solo Mélodie (Poulenc)

Bournville Music Society

2017

Duo Recital

Voice and Guitar (Various)

Christian Community, Stourbridge

2017

Solo songs and Arias

Various (Various)

Iffley Music Society, Oxford

2016

Soloist

Three songs from youth, op.23 (Michael J Smith)

Lit and Phil, Newcastle upon Tyne

2015

Solo recitals

Various (Various)

Lit and Phil, Newcastle upon Tyne

2014

Regular solo recitals, Oxford

Various (Various)

St Michaels in the Northgate, New College Chapel

2013-2015

Concert/Oratorio

Soloist 

Sounds of Southfields Festival Come and Sing Day

Vivaldi Gloria and Magnificat

St Barnabas Church, Southfields

2020

Solo songs and voice/guitar duo

Sounds of Southfields Festival Opening Concert - Serenades and Strings

(Various, including Monteverdi, Howells, Previn)

St Barnabas Church, Southfields

2020

Arias and duets

Various (Including Delibes, Mozart, Humperdinck, Fauré)

Derby Cathedral

2018

Soloist

Song Offerings (Jonathan Harvey)

Cheltenham Festival

2017

Soloist

Opera arias and Music Theatre numbers (Puccini, Rogers and Hammerstein)

Stocksfield Festival, Northumberland

2017

Soloist

'Oh Quante Volte' and 'Deh Vieni non tardar' (Bellini and Mozart)

Philip Bates Trust concert, Sutton Coldfield

2017

Soprano Soloist

Requiem (Mozart and Fauré)

City of Wolverhampton Choir

2017

Soprano Soloist

Vespero della BVM and Cantate Domino (Mozart and Monteverdi)

New Choir, Oxford

2016

Soprano Soloist

Millenium Mass and Kleine Orgelmesse (Paul Patterson and Haydn)

New Choir, Oxford

2016

Early Music

Trio

Various Madrigals and solos (Monteverdi and Caccini)

Old St Martin’s - Worcester, Great Malvern Priory

2018

Competitions

Finalist, London Song Festival Lieder Masterclass, Austrian Embassy (2018)

First prize, Edward Brooks English Song Prize, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire (2018)

Special Commendation, Ashleyan Opera Prize, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire (2017)

 

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