Local soprano Emily
Bradley returned to Prior Park College to perform in Haydn’s Nelson Mass, the highlight of Friday
evening’s summer concert, directed by Roland Robertson.
Also featured in the
concert were the first movement of Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony and the premiere of the Year 12 student Alex
Butt’s The Moonlit Ocean. In the
beautiful location of the College’s own on-site Chapel the audience enjoyed
warm orchestral sounds from a combination of College students and professional
Emily brought verve and
coloratura to her performance of the dramatic, even theatrical, Haydn masterpiece.
The opening Kyrie was executed perfectly and was perfectly complemented by
choral outbursts and the solo voices of Stephen Harvey (alto), Paul Badley
(tenor) and Christopher Sheldrake (bass) as the Mass unfolded. Emily developed
her singing as a pupil at Prior Park, guided by College peripatetic teacher
Alicia Carroll, and is currently completing her studies with Kathleen McKellar
Ferguson at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. She enjoyed her first opera
experience at Prior Park College when she took part in the school’s version of Don Giovanni, and she first came to
prominence when she starred as Maria in the College production of West Side Story. Since 2011, Emily has
performed with the Garden Opera Company and will next spend a year in Germany
to expand her repertoire. She was delighted to return to the Chapel at Prior
Park College and delighted those privileged to enjoy Roland Robertson’s
presentation of this joyous, explosive and exuberant Haydn work – a piece
representative of the rich musical tradition of Prior Park College.
The Bath International
Festival “Party in the City” will see events in the Prior Park Chapel on Friday
16 May at 7.00pm and the College’s Big Band will perform in The Parade Gardens
that night. The summer brings a garden opera and the Chapel Choir will sing
Evensong in Worcester Cathedral.
Monday 12 May 2014
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