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Old Girl to Star in Verdi's 'Requiem' at Victoria Hall

Sunday, 15 September 2013

Singing sensation, Laurie Ashworth (1991-2001) is set to perform in Verdi's Requiem, at the Victoria Hall, Bolton, on Saturday 23rd November at 7.30pm.

The production will be huge, with three choirs - the Lancaster Singers, Preston Cecilian Choral Society and Prestbury Choral Society - and will be accompanied by the Lancashire Sinfonietta. The soloists are Soprano - Laurie Ashworth, Mezzo-soprano - Janet Shell, Tenor - John Upperton, and Bass - Laurence Meikle. The Conductor is Marco Fanti.

Laurie went from Bolton School Girl to prize-winning performer, quoted in the Times as, "...a delectable Strauss soprano in the making". She won the prestigious Kathleen Ferrier Award in 2011 and was narrowly beaten in the final of the BBC Radio 2 Kiri Competition; a prestigious nationwide search with Dame Kiri Te Kanawa to find a new opera star.

Interestingly, Laurie remembers performing Verdi’s Requiem at Bolton School. She said, “The abundance of music at Bolton School was one of my main reasons for going there. I remember visiting the School before I took the entrance exam and meeting Mr Davenport, Mrs Whitmore and Miss Tope, and thinking, "I really want to come here!". Whilst at School, I had so many opportunities to participate in both the senior choir and chamber choir, and the music department regularly held informal concerts which were fantastic opportunities to perform. I remember the choir performed Verdi’s Requiem and that’s something that’s stuck with me as it’s such a wonderful piece!”

Tickets are available from Bolton Town Hall priced £16 - phone 01204 334400 or see http://www.concert-diary.com/concert/485425163/Verdi-s-Requiem

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