Our second lunchtime concert of 2016 will feature the performers from our March Piccolo: soprano Nina Bunting, and pianist and composer Joe Conway. They have created a programme of music in honour of William Shakespeare, the 400th anniversary of whose death will be marked on Saturday 23rd April.
Nina, just 18 years old, is a former Oundle Young Singer of the Year, and has a stunningly sweet soprano voice. Joe, who performed here last summer with tenor Stephen Lawrence in a very well received lunchtime concert, is both a pianist and a composer, and the programme will probably include the East of England première of his song cycle “Ophelia Sings”.
As usual the café will be open from noon, serving a range of hot drinks and homemade cakes,scones etc. All profits from the café will go to The Green Backyard.
The concert will begin promptly at 1pm. Admission is free, but those who are able to afford it are asked to make a donation. The suggested amount is £4.
Alman – Robert Johnson
Callino Custurame – William Byrd
Se Tu M’Ami – Giovanni Battista Pergolesi
Vezzosa Aurora – Alessandro Melani
Fantasia on Greensleeves – Ralph Vaughan Williams
Ophelia Sings – Joe Conway
Les Bergeries – François Couperin
Les Barricades Mysterieuses – François Couperin
Quant Je Suis Mis – Guillaume de Machaut
Douce Dame Jolie – Guillaume de Machaut
Nina Bunting is a talented coloratura soprano who grew up in Oundle, moving to the Peterborough area just before starting secondary school. She attended both state and private schools and at the age of nine began singing lessons with several local teachers. In 2013 when she was barely fifteen she won the Oundle Young Singer of the Year competition. Currently she studies singing with Shiona Cormack.
At the same time Nina works closely with composer and pianist Joe Conway. Joe has been particularly impressed with the quality of her voice and Nina is his preferred soloist in his song cycle Ophelia [Sings] which, in Joe’s words,’she has made her own.’ In 2014 he wrote another song cycle Dream Songs especially for her.
Nina has sung in concerts at Cambridge, Fotheringhay, and London during the early part of 2016. In her spare time she’s a passionate vegan with a great interest in animal rights and welfare.