Friday May 18th 1.05-2.05pm
Harriet Burns soprano
Cecily Lock piano
Harriet Burns is a scholarship student at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama studying with Yvonne Kenny and previously Professor Susan McCulloch on the Artist Masters Course, and is an alumni of the Royal Academy of Music where she studied with Jennifer Dakin and Audrey Hyland. Harriet is a Samling Artist, 2018 Oxford Lieder Young Artist with pianist Michael Pandya, a Britten-Pears Young Artist, and a Wigmore Hall Chamber Tots Ensemble Artist. In September 2018 Harriet will join the GSMD Opera School.
Harriet recently made her Wigmore Hall debut with Graham Johnson in a recital of Schubert Lieder, and performed in Brahms in Love devised by Jeremy Sams and Christopher Glynn in the Chiltern Arts Festival. She has also performed in Iain Burnside’s latest production Swansong. In 2017 she won the Paul Hamburger prize for Lieder, was a semi-finalist in Das Lied competition and the Wigmore Hall/Kohn Foundation International Song Competition and a finalist in the International Student Lied Duo Competition. Harriet won the Franz-Schubert-Institut competition leading to a full scholarship to study at the 2017 Franz-Schubert-Institut and in 2016 Harriet was a participant on the Oxford Lieder Residential Mastercourse.
Harriet recently made her BBC Radio 3 debut performing Varèse’s Offrandes as part of the BBC’s Total Immersion series with Geoffrey Paterson and the Guildhall New Music ensemble, performed music by Weir and Golijov in the This is Rattle series at the Barbican (Milton Court Concert Hall) and has performed alongside Cellophony in the premiere of Edward Nesbit’s The Burial of the Stars.
Harriet is grateful for the financial support of Hazel and Chris Abbott, the Sidney Perry Foundation, the Guildhall School, The Altrusa Careers Trust, The Michael James Music Trust and The Winship Foundation. www.harrietburns.com
Cecily Lock was born in The Netherlands to a German mother and an English father.
She enjoys performing chamber music as well as solo piano repertoire, playing for rehearsals and concerts as well as working as vocal coach. She has performed in a variety of settings, including at the Concertgebouw, the Holywell Music Room, the Chipping Campden Music Festival, for private events, conferences, university examinations, and on a cruise ship. She is one of the staff répétiteurs of the Professional Opera Programme at La Roche D’Hys in France, artistic director of the Haydn Song Project, and works as German language coach for, amongst others, Signum and Hyperion Records, London.
Cecily read Music at St Hilda’s College, Oxford, studied the piano at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam and specialized in Piano Accompaniment at the Royal Academy of Music in London.
She has performed with a large number of musicians, including singers Charlotte Margiono and Michael Chance and the Allegri String Quartet. As soloist she has performed with, amongst other orchestras, the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, The Netherlands Symphony Orchestra conducted by Jaap van Zweden, and the Chernigov Symphony Orchestra.
Cecily is also a dedicated teacher. Between 2006 and 2015 she taught the piano to young children at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague. She currently works as Teacher of Music at the Dragon School and has a small number of private pupils, including students of the University of Oxford.
For more information please visit Cecily’s website www.cecilylock.com.
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