Abigail is an ambassador for New free opera training programme

Birmingham City University’s Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and the Royal Opera House have launched Opera Nation, a free programme to develop the next generation of opera singers.

The new four-year initiative is a joint venture conceived by Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and the Royal Opera House. Opera Nation is the first programme of its kind in the Midlands and offers aspiring young opera singers a sustained investment into their musical journey and a path into professional training. The RBC and ROH will also work with schools and music services to target talented young people who require mentoring and professional support in order to allow them to pursue careers in music.

Abigail Kelly, opera singer and ambassador for Opera Nation, added:
“By removing barriers to training, initiatives like Opera Nation empower young people and ensure that every young person, regardless of their background, has access to music and a musical education. Having grown up in Birmingham this project is close to my heart and I look forward to working with young people across the region to mentor and support their futures.

"Whether those involved go on to be professional singers or take different career paths, this accessible programme provides a wonderful opportunity for young people from across the West Midlands to work with many talented professionals and offer unrivalled insight into the art form.” 

Young people aged 14 to 18 can sign up to a free Opera Nation workshop visit operanation.eventbrite.co.uk.

 

Abigail is announced as Opera Nation Ambassador

Opera Nation, a free programme to develop the next generation of opera singers, launches in West Midlands

"By removing barriers to training, initiatives like Opera Nation empower young people and ensure that every young person, regardless of their background, has access to music and a musical education. Having grown up in Birmingham this project is close to my heart and I look forward to working with young people across the region to mentor and support their futures. Whether those involved go on to be professional singers or take different career paths, this accessible programme provides a wonderful opportunity for young people from across the West Midlands to work with many talented professionals and offer unrivalled insight into the artform" - Abigail Kelly, Soprano

Young people aged 14 to 18 can sign up to a free Opera Nation workshop visit operanation.eventbrite.co.uk

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Review: Die Fledermaus, Arcola Theatre

They are joined onstage by Claire Wild, Abigail Kelly, David Horton and James McOran-Campbell, who are able to layer their voices in such a way that each song doesn’t feel like a constant battle for the high note, but instead a harmonious marriage of four powerful voices. Great Shakespearean actors are often accredited for being able to make an unfamiliar form hit home with a wider audience, which is a skill that this ensemble share.

 

For the full review see: https://www.ayoungertheatre.com/review-die-fledermaus-arcola-theatre/

Die Fledermaus review at Arcola Theatre

Abigail Kelly’s workshy nanny Adele and Claire Wild’s long-suffering but hypocritical Rosalinde – are vocally classier

 

For the full review see: https://www.thestage.co.uk/reviews/2019/die-fledermaus-review-at-arcola-theatre-london-fun-updating-of-strauss-bubbly-operetta/

80th Anniversary Concert - Handel's 'Messiah'

Abigail will be performing at 80th Anniversary Concert of Handel's Messiah on Saturday 11th May 7.00 p.m. at St. George's Church, 1 Westbourne Crescent, Edgbaston. B15 3DQ.

For tickets Click here

 

Handel-Messiah

 

Soprano Abigail in Porgy and Bess at Barbican (London)

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Barbican Hall, Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS

Laura Bowler - Navigating the Dog Watch
Gershwin - Porgy and Bess (Litton concert version)

Crouch End Festival Chorus
London Orchestra da Camera
Inner Voices

David Temple - conductor
Francesca Chiejina - soprano
Abigail Kelly - soprano
Ronald Samm - tenor
Rodney Earl Clarke - bass-baritone

Crouch End Festival Chorus presents the vibrant and dramatic Porgy and Bess alongside the world premiere of Navigating the Dog Watch by young theatrically-minded composer Laura Bowler.

Based on a recent visit to some remote Atlantic islands, Bowler's wordless piece transforms their environment into an aural landscape using the infinite possibilities of the human voice, with a backdrop of film projections.

This performance marks a new collaboration with Inner Voices, one of London's emerging and talented youth choirs. Boldly juxtaposing Bowler's new work with Gershwin's Porgy and Bess, this performance brings together the passion, energy and quality that Crouch End Festival Chorus is known for.

Booking information

Friday 20 October 2017, 7.30pm
Barbican Hall, Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS

TICKETS: £28 / £24 / £18 / £12.50 plus booking fee*

Half price for full time students aged 21 and under
20% discount for CEFC Friends, Crouch End Project Cardholders, and Barbican members and residents
Open to Barbican Young Members' scheme
Barbican box office: 020 7638 8891

Abigail performs at ‘They Also Served’ honouring Caribbean servicemen in WW1

Birmingham's Black churches honor the forgotten contributions of millions of African and Caribbean servicemen to WW1

Up to 1,000 people are expected at the New Testament Church of God, Lozells Road, Handsworth, Birmingham, B19 1NP from 5pm – 7pm on Sunday 2 July 2017 at a special WW1 centenary event to honor the often forgotten contributions of millions of African and Caribbean servicemen who contributed to World War 1, 1914 - 1918. The service will take place in the presence of the Lord Mayor of Birmingham Councilor Anne Underwood, with guest speaker The Revd Rose Hudson-Wilkin, Chaplain to Her Majesty The Queen and The Speaker of the House of Commons. Also gracing the service will be international operatic soprano Abigail Kelly and well-known poet Roy McFarlane. It marks the end of the 18-month 'They Also Served' (TAS) research project led by historian Dr Angelina Osborne.

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