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Lunchtime Recital: Marcus Bingham and Rachael Cawte


We invite musicians from near and far to share their musical talent with us every Friday during term time. All are welcome! 

This Friday we look forward to welcoming Marcus Bingham on piano and Rachael Cawte singing mezzo-soprano to the Cathedral. 

Pianist Marcus Bingham is a recent graduate of Leeds College of Music achieving a BA (Hons) in Classical Music. Whilst studying piano, Marcus has been fortunate to receive tuition with distinguished pianists with national and international reputation, such as Raymond Banning, Marie-Noelle Kendall, Jakob Fichert and Nico de Villiers. Marcus has particular interest in piano accompaniment, chamber and classical contemporary music. 

Previous engagements include accompanying for the Music and the Deaf Society in Halifax and the Leeds College of Music Annual Gala Concert (LCoM 50 Years). For two years running, Marcus was selected as a ‘Young Emerging Artist’ at the 2016 and 2017 Leeds Lieder Festival. More recent engagements include the world premier of ‘Four Songs for Iris Barry’ commissioned by the Bergen National Opera and appearances at the Bristol Song Recital Series. 

Mezzo soprano Rachael Cawte is an alumni of Leeds College of Music (2016) where she achieved a first class honours degree in classical vocal performance, and currently studies under the tutelage of Julie Kennard. She is an active recitalist and regularly performs throughout the UK, most recently in Bristol as part of the Bristol Song Recital Series. She is thankful for the support from The Rotary Club of Leeds, from whom she received the RotaryCooke-Webster Prize (2016). After recieveing the Gold Award for English Word and Song, following success at the David Clover Festival of Singing - Singers’ Platform (2017), Rachael appeared with Northern OperaGroup as Armelinde, in their 2016 production of Pauline Viardot’s Cendrillon. This was followed by an appearance with Aspect Opera in July 2017 for their production of Albert Herring by Benjamin Britten, performing the role of Mrs Herring (also performed at the Left Bank Opera Festival, in collaboration with Northern Opera Group); and a performance with the Leodian Concert Orchestra in a production of Vaughan Williams' Riders To The Sea as Maurya. She was alsoinvited to sing at Leeds Lieder Festival at the Composer’s and Poet’s Showcase in April 2017.

In 2017 Rachael also sung with British Youth Opera, and followed this with her European debut at the Veneto Operaestate Festival, Italy, with the Melofonetica Summer School in August 2017. This led to her being asked to perform at the Italian Cultural Institute as part of a masterclass series with Nicholas Chalmers (Neville Holt Opera) and Carmen Solís (soprano): La Giovane Scuola: Protagonists and Antagonists. During her studies at Leeds College of Music, Rachael was selected for the Margaret MarklandChoral Scholarship, leading to many performances with The Yorkshire Philharmonic Choir.

Rachael took on various roles, including 2nd Witch in Dido and Aeneas (2015) and Lay Sister in Suor Angelica (2016). She has been involved in various workshops and masterclasses, leading to her working with the likes of Mary King, Maitland Peters, Chris Glynn, Alison Pearce and Paul Phoenix

A Charm of Lullabies Op. 41
Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)

Selected Songs
Robert Schumann (1810-1856)

Les Bercaux Op. 23, No. 1
Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924)

Sky Above the Roof
Silent Noon

Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)

Lunchtime recital admission is free with a suggested donation of £3. 


Earlier Event: 31 May
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