Wren Recitals – Songs & Arias by Donizetti, Mozart, Puccini, Verdi & Giordano
Soprano Fiona Hymns was born in Dorset. After graduating with a BA in History from Royal Holloway, University of London, she completed the MMus programme at the Royal Northern College of Music.
Recent highlights include appearing as a soloist in Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dreamn in the opening gala concert for the Al-Bustan festival in Lebanon and a performance of the Charlotte Bronte themed recital Impossible Passions, which tours the UK in Autumn 2017. In June she joins the ensemble for the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, performing in Don Giovanni and The Rake’s Progress.
Notable operatic roles include Elivra (Don Giovanni, Hampstead Garden Opera), Terinka (Cover, The Jacobin, Buxton Festival), Amore (Cover, Orfeo ed Euridice, Buxton Festival), Adina (L’Elisir d’Amore, Pint-sized Opera) and Lidochka (Moscow, Cheryomushki, RNCM). In 2015 she created the roles of Nadia and Rosa for Helios Collective’s Toi Toi 2015, and joined the chorus of Grange Park Opera for their 2015 productions of Samson et Dalilah and La Boheme.
Fiona is an experienced concert soloist, notably in the premiere and recording of David Owen Norris’s new oratorio Prayerbook (released by EM Records). Other appearances include Verdi Requiem, Haydn Nelson Mass, Fauré Requiem, Vaughan Williams Serenade to Music, Vivaldi Gloria, Beethoven Mass in C and Handel Dixit Dominus.
Mastered in prestigious and world renowned International Opera Schools Vasili Karpiak has performed in numerous operas, concerts, recitals and private venues across UK and abroad. He has performed in many European countries, Monaco, France, Switzerland, Germany, Spain, Austria, Italy, Sweden, Belgium.
Vasili has worked with such directors as John Copley (director ROH Covent Garden), Jean Claude Auvray ( Grand Opera Paris), Paul Curan (Los Angeles opera), Kasper Holton (Principal Director ROH Covent Garden), William Curley (artistic director of Globe theatre), opera director Martin Lloyd-Evans, Barry Bank, Mishele Crider.
A few of the places he has performed in London are the Royal Albert Hall, Lancaster House, National Liberal Club, Livery Hall of the Worshipful Company of Cutlers, V&A museum. Vasili Karpiak was chosen numerous times to sing for The Society of The Knights of the Round Table, for the Princess Galitzine and Hermitage Foundation for the Anniversary of Romanoff dynasty,for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012 and has entertained a number of Royal Families across Europe in prestigious public and private venue places and Chateaux. He has also done functions for major hotel lines, function Balls and membership clubs.
In recent years he successfully prepared Alfredo “Traviata” (Verdi) and De Grieux “Manon” (Massenet) with David Gowland, Artistic Director of the Young Artist Programme Covent Garden London. Vasili has been supported by a Wall Trust Award, Harbour Foundation, the Fidelio Trust, Ann Driver Trust , Henry Wood Trust, The Honorable Society of The Knights of the Round Table, Serena Fenwick Trust, Phillip Carne Trust.
South Korean born New Zealand pianist, Somi Kim was the winner of the 2014 Gerald Moore Award for Accompanists. A recent graduate from the Royal Academy of Music, she is a scholar on the Samling Artist Programme and Georg Solti Accademia. She is an artist for the Park Lane Group, Kirckman Concert Society and Worshipful Company of Musicians. She has given recitals at Het Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Wigmore Hall, St. John’s Smith Square, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Bridgewater Hall, St. James’s Piccadilly, St. Martin-in-the-Fields and Oxford Lieder Festival.
Somi spent a week in Venice last month at the Georg Solti Accademia. In the summer, she will make her debut at the Ryedale Festival and will return to France for a chamber music residency in Brel. In August, Somi will appear as a resident artist of the Royal Over-Seas League at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and will be a staff pianist at the International Holland Music Sessions.