The Armed Man

Saturday, 16 November 2013 - 7:30pm


Vivace Chorus and Brandenburg Sinfonia conducted by Jeremy Backhouse. Soloists are Alice Rose Privett (Sop.), Angharad Lyddon (Mez.), Nicholas Scott (Ten.), Bozidar Smiljanic (Bass).


Missa in tempore belli ('The Kettledrum')

Jenkins: The Armed Man

There is a pre-concert talk at 6:30pm. Please join us there.

Our soloists

We are joined by four soloists at our concert.

Alice Rose Privett is soprano, Angharad Lyddon is contralto, Nicholas Scott is tenor and Bozidar Smiljanic is bass.

Alice Rose Privett graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the Royal Academy of Music with honours in her undergraduate and postgraduate degrees; she now continues her studies on the Academy Opera Course under the tutelage of Elizabeth Ritchie.

Operatic roles include Poppea L'incoronazione di Poppea and Pamina (Barefoot Young Artists/ Longborough Festival Opera), Donna Elvira Don Giovanni (Barefoot Young Artists), First Bridesmaid/ cover Susanna Le Nozze di Figaro (British Youth Opera), Despina (Hampstead Garden Opera), Papagena (Longborough Festival Opera), cover Nanetta (Iford Opera), Baronessa Irene and Pastourelle (L'enfant et les sortilèges at the Barbican, recorded and aired on BBC Radio 3) with Royal Academy Opera, cover Gretel Hansel und Gretel for Garsington Opera and Carolina The Secret Marriage for British Youth Opera. Scenes include Agrippina and Anna Die Lustigen Weibe (RAM), Anne Truelove and Helena (RAO).

Alice has a keen interest in new music, and was awarded the Tracey Chadwell Memorial Prize by the GSMD for work in contemporary song. Last summer she sang Narrator in Laura Bowler's 'Sandman' at the Tête à Tête Opera festival, and in October performed in a centenary performance of Pierrot Lunaire with Jane Manning. In February she will perform ‘Requiem - Songs for Sue’ (Knussen) at the RAM.
Alice was a Britten Pears Young Artist in 2012, and is currently a member of the Royal Academy's Song Circle and a Bach Kohn Foundation Soloist.

Oratorio experience includes Handel's Messiah (St Martin-in the Fields and Kings Place),  a world premiere of the McCabe Psalm Cantata at St John's Smith Square, Tippett's A Child of Our Time in Guildford and Israel in Egypt with the Huddersfield Choral Society. In competition she has won the first prize in the Susan Longfield Award (2011), the Royal Overseas League (2011) with the ensemble ‘Cries of London’ (with whom she performed at the Wigmore, July 2013), and in the Joan Chissel Schumann Prize at the Royal Academy of Music (2012). Alice is generously supported by the Sickle Foundation and the Josephine Baker Trust. In 2014 she looks forward to singing Ginevra Ariodante for RAO and Gretel for West Green Opera.

Angharad Lyddon is from Wrexham, North Wales. She has Bachelors and Masters Degrees from the Royal Academy of Music and now studies on the Academy’s Opera course.

She has been a soloist at cathedrals and concert halls around the country including a concert of Bach Cantatas with Sir John Elliot Gardiner, Bach's Christmas Oratorio in Kristiansand, Norway and concerts at Wigmore Hall. Angharad was a Jerwood Young Artist at Glyndebourne in 2013 where she created the role of Panthea in Luke Styles' opera Wakening Shadow. She has also sung Filipjevna (Eugene Onegin) for RAO, Third Lady in The Magic Flute for Jackdaws, Carmen (Carmen), Orfeo (Orfeo ed Euridice), Lucretia (Rape of Lucretia), Older Woman (Flight) for Academy Vocal Faculty Scenes and Lady Mary in Sir Nigel of Tilford for Laurence Cummings and the Tilford Bach Society.

Angharad is grateful for the support of The Countess of Munster Musical Trust, The Josephine Baker Trust and the Sickle Foundation.


Nicholas was awarded a Sir Elton John Scholarship to The Royal Academy of Music, from where he graduated as an undergraduate, studying with Mark Wildman and Iain Ledingham. Whilst an undergraduate, Nicholas enjoyed a busy solo career on the concert platform of which highlights include: the leading role in New Chamber Opera’s production of Arne’s The Judgement of Paris; Britten’s Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings with the St Cecilia Orchestra in Ripon; and Bach’s Cantata BWV 61 in Canterbury Cathedral. He has performed Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle. Nicholas is a product of the Royal Academy of Music / Kohn Foundation Bach Cantata Series with whom he continues to perform. He has performed Haydn’s Creation in Guildford Cathedral and Haydn’s Missa Cellensis and Handel’s Foundling Hospital Anthem at Lichfield Cathedral. More recently, Nick has performed in The Victoria International Music Festival in Malta with The Maltese Philharmonic Orchestra and sung has Mozart Requiem in St Martin-in-the-Fields with the Brandenburg Sinfonia.

Nicholas’ operatic roles include: Castor, in Rameau’s Castor et Pollux with the Yorke Trust, and as the eponymous The Wandering Scholar by Holst and Don Basilio in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro under Iain Ledingham. He recently covered a role in Glyndebourne Festival Opera’s production of Rameau’s Hippolyte et Aricie under William Christie.

Other notable performances include an orchestrated version of Ralph Vaughan Williams’ On Wenlock Edge at The Cheltenham Festival, the role of Richard Dauntless in Gilbert and Sullivan’s Ruddigore at the Buxton Festival as well as Messiah at the Linder Auditorium, Johannesburg with the Johannesburg Festival Orchestra under Richard Cock.

Forthcoming projects include Messiah at Southwell Minster, Haydn’s The Creation with The Cambridge Philharmonic Society. He will be recording the role of St Pierre in Marc-Antoine Charpentier’s Le reniement de St. Pierre and the role of Issac in Le sacrifice d’Abraham for Le Nuova Musica and Harmonia Mundi USA in January.

Nicholas has been awarded a Kathleen Ferrier Bursary for Young Singers; and at the Royal Academy of Music, the Arthur Burcher Memorial Prize, and the Henry Cummings Prize.

Nicholas is generously supported by the Josephine Baker trust and is the recipient of an ABRSM Scholarship at The Royal Academy of Music.

Bozidar Smiljanic is a young British-born Serbian Bass-Baritone currently studying at the Royal Academy of Music with Mark Wildman and Iain Ledingham. Born and raised in Wembley, Bozidar gained a degree in Law at the University of Nottingham after which he spent two years at Lincoln Cathedral as a Choral Scholar. At the Academy, Bozidar has worked on a variety of operatic roles including Leporello (Don Giovanni), Figaro (La Nozze di Figaro), Monterone (Rigoletto), Le Roi (Massenet’s Cendrillon) and Superintendent Budd (Britten’s Albert Herring). Bozidar will also be singing the role of Prince Gremin in a concert performance of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin with John Lubbock and the Orchestra of St John’s in April 2014.

Bozidar has performed a wide range of oratorio works and recitals across the UK since his 2012 debut performances of Schubert’s Winterreise in Lincoln, Nottingham and London. Recent oratorio performances include Handel’s Messiah and Israel in Egypt, Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, B-Minor Mass, Magnificat, St John Passion, St Matthew Passion, Missa Brevis in A Major (BWV 234) with Laurence Cummings and Cantatas BWV 26, 60 & 117, John McCabe’s Psalm Cantata (World Premiere) and Puccini’s Messa di Gloria.

Bozidar has participated in numerous masterclasses with Brindley Sherrat, Dennis O’Neill, Philip Thomas and Anthony Legge. Bozidar was awarded the Sacred Aria Prize in the Mozart Singing Competition 2013 and was a finalist in the Richard Lewis Singing Competition. Bozidar was also awarded the Rhoda Jones Scholarship, a discretionary award for achievement at the Royal Academy of Music.

The next few months will see Bozidar performing in various venues across the UK, including King’s Place, St John’s, Smith Square, Dorchester Abbey and Malmesbury Abbey where he has been engaged to sing a range of oratorio works including Handel’s Messiah, several Bach Cantatas (Academy/Kohn Foundation Bach Cantata Series), Bach’s St John and St Matthew Passions, Haydn’s Harmoniemesse and Creation. Bozidar is the recipient of the Fishmongers’ Award at the Royal Academy of Music and the Ian Fleming Award (administered by the Musician’s Benevolent Fund) and he is most heartily grateful for this and for the generous support he receives from The Countess of Munster Musical Trust, the Josephine Baker Trust and various interested people from Lincoln.


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