Friday, 7th December, 2018

THE GOOD OLD DAYS

with

David Owen-Lewis & Vivienne Bailey

accompanied on the piano by

Beryl Pankhurst

 

David Owen- Lewis grew up in the Swansea Valley and started a life long love affair with music and singing at a very young age.He feels that he has been very fortunate that he has been able to pursue a career as a singer for 40 years.Thirty years of this time was spent as a chorister with OPERA NORTH.There he was given many opportunities to perform many small character roles,usually of a comic nature,as well as being a chorister.David retired from OPERA NORTH in 2010 but is still very active as a singer.

                                                        Since retirement he has concentrated on using music and singing in particular in trying to make  people feel better.He has worked with MIND in Bradford,MOODSWINGS in Manchester and AGE CONCERN in Denholm.His principal work is now with STREETWISE OPERA in Manchester.It is a wonderful organization formed to encourage the growing number of  homeless people in Manchester to come in from the streets and get involved in singing and performing as a group.David feels that this is the most exciting part of his singing career.

                                                        David loves performing with Vivienne his  colleague and friend of many years.They had a wonderful time performing together in The Good Old Days in October 2017 and look forward to sharing the joys of Christmas with the good people of Boston Spa.

 

 

Vivenne Bailey hails from Mansfield and was a founder member of the highly acclaimed Cantamus Girls Choir. She studied singing at the Royal College of Music where she won an Exhibitioners Scholarship and gained her ARCM Diploma.

Vivienne was a founder member of the Opera North Chorus and sang with them for almost 36 years until her retirement in 2014.

One of her most interesting roles was the " old lady" in Kurt Weill's The Threepenny Opera where she spent the entire performance on stage. Appearing on many foreign tours with the company, one of her roles was Titania in Weber's Oberon at La Fenice Opera House in Venice.

She is now enjoying retirement in a North Yorkshire village with her partner Bill and Patterdale Terrier, Ted.

 

   

Beryl Pankhurst was born and educated in Liverpool and ,after a brief career in banking, she took up a place at the Royal Manchester College of Music where she studied piano, organ and accompaniment.Having obtained the GRSM Diploma with Recital Endorsement, ARMCM with distinction, and the Pinson Prize for Bach playing, she moved to Harrogate to a teaching post and has lived there ever since.
Although Beryl has performed as a soloist on many occasions, her main passion is accompanying. She has been the official accompanist for the Harrogate Choral Society for more than thirty years, during which time she has taken part in many of their performances, including Carmina Burana, Rio Grande, Petite Messe Solennelle, Messiah, African Sanctus and The Armed Man.
She is currently the accompanist for Knaresborough Choral Society, and plays for the Gilbert and Sullivan Society. Her extensive career includes playing for many distinguished soloists and she works regularly with members of Opera North.She is much in demand for festival and examination accompanying and for leider recitals etc.and enjoys being repetiteur for an annual Choral Summer Course. Her musical taste is very varied, being equally at home playing light musicand piano duet recitals.


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