Concerts

KOFMA Makes Headlines In Kork

Earlier this year, members of KOFMA’s Aves Cantantes choir visited Kork in Germany and performed a concert in the town’s evangelical church. The local newspaper featured the choir, and so did the Baden Online website. Below is a translation of the article; you can find the original (in German) here.

Music for a summer’s night: as part of the “Kork Feiert” weekend festival, on Saturday 30th of June the Aves Cantantes choir from London performed a concert in the evangelical church in Kork.

We caught up with choirmaster Miles Lallement and soloist Laura Lamph to talk about their choir and the concert.  Continue reading “KOFMA Makes Headlines In Kork”

Singers

Interview With Dominic Bevan, Tenor

by Karine Hetherington

Meet Dominic Bevan, a tenor who has sung with us at KOFMA.

Tell us a bit about your childhood.

We were a big, musical family. There was no television. We were only allowed to watch opera videos. I can still picture Don Giovanni, scene by scene.

Did you always want to become an opera singer?

I definitely chose not to be an opera singer. Continue reading “Interview With Dominic Bevan, Tenor”

Singers

Interview With Laura Lamph, Mezzo-Soprano & KOFMA Manager

Who or what inspired you to take up singing and pursue a career in music?

I think it must have been my competitive streak. An opportunity arose in school and I thought, I can do that (despite having never sung before) and so began my love of singing and music.

Who or what have been the most important influences on your musical life and career?

My music teacher in school, Ruth McCartney, was definitely very important. As well as inspiring me to become a singer, she also taught me the importance of professionalism (I was a little bit wild back then). Continue reading “Interview With Laura Lamph, Mezzo-Soprano & KOFMA Manager”

Concerts

Drugs and Drama: The Staging of ‘Dido and Aeneas’

Karine Hetherington recaps 2017’s performance of Dido & Aeneas by the KOFMA choir. 

We are on the eve of our performance of Purcell’s baroque opera ‘Dido and Aeneas’. We’ve been in a dress rehearsal for hours and during a short break I close my eyes, wrap a thick woollen scarf about my neck, and play dead while other members of the choir stare at their mobile phones. Am I nervous? Yes! We all are. Up until now the chorus has had the benefit of numbers. On the night however, there will be no hiding – each and every one of us has been working on this challenging opera for months!

This project is the brainchild of Laura Lamph, our mezzo-soprano, who sang the title role of Dido touring with Sestina, the early music ensemble, in Ireland last year. She, together with our exacting Music Meister, Miles Lallemant, head up our three-year-old choir, Aves Cantantes. Songbirds! We are a mish-mash of twenty individuals of different ages and levels of singing experience. But no matter how different we may appear to the outside world, inside the church we sing as one. Continue reading “Drugs and Drama: The Staging of ‘Dido and Aeneas’”