A particular delight was the fact that we had the premiere of Canadian Boat Song by none other than the first violinist, Mark Wilson, in which he accompanied his wife, Nina Kopparhed, who sang it beautifully.
Yorkshire pianist and composer Neil Crossland had written a song setting especially for this concert, a poised and poignant piece entitled A Dream Within A Dream.The words, by Edgar Allan Poe, were again exquisitely rendered by Nina.Nina really came into her own in her performance of three songs by Frank Bridge...The standard throughout was extraordinarily fine both musically and technically
January 2022: "Magpies" by Mark Wilson, recorded remotely, with Mark Wilson on the piano.
Magpies is a beautiful tune from Mark's and Paul Wood's new violin tutor book: "Stringtastic: Beginners". The purpose of the soprano/piano recording was to show that the compositions work very well as songs in their own right, not "just" as pieces for beginner violinists (but they are fantastic for the purpose too!).
If you like the song, the book Stringtastic: Beginners is available to buy for violin, viola, cello and double bass on Amazon. If you'd like to find out more about stringtastic, here is their website
Mrs Waters' Act 1 Aria from Dame Ethel Smyth's The Boatswain's Mate, recorded for Scenic Opera's "Arias Explained" Series, with wonderful narration by Wendy Silvester. Recorded at the Ruislip Studios in August 2021 with pianist: Neil Crossland. Released by Scenic Opera in September 2021.
An excerpt of Nina singing the aria "O, Zittre nicht, mein lieber Sohn": the Queen of the Night's first aria from Die Zauberflote. Recorded live at Studio Knutson, Berlin, January 2020, with Professor Byron Knutson, piano. This is the final part of the aria, Du, du du willst Sie befreien gehen.
The video below, of Nina performing Ah! Non credea mirarti...Ah! Non giunge" (Amina: La Sonnambula), was recorded live at the Teatro Eleonora Duse, Asolo, Italy, as part of the gala concert "Serata Lirica al Castello" in August 2018.