The best of Friends
Great friends and both classically trained, Alexandra and Violetta will perform a programme comprising of favourite songs and beautiful duets for soprano and violin.
From folk inspired songs, to well known operatic arias, to specially arranged songs of Kurt Weill, their programme promises to delight and entertain you.
The Welldiggers Arms – Dinner
This evening will be held in The Welldiggers Arms with beautiful views of the South Downs as the stage backdrop.
The ticket includes dinner and special menus have been prepared for the evening. When you have bought your tickets please download the menu, make your selections and then email them to:
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The Petfringe concerts at the Welldiggers are kindly sponsored by Rathbones Investment Management in Chichester.
We are immensely grateful for their support.
Dinner menu at the bottom of this page.
Alexandra Kennedy (soprano)
Upon graduating from the Birmingham Conservatoire, Alexandra joined the classical crossover group: ‘Passionata’ with whom she sung at high profile events all over the world including: performances at several international Twickenham Rugby games; a private recital for the Prime minister at Chequers; a performance which was broadcast live all over Asia for the earthquake appeal in the Great Hall of People, Beijing; and a recital for the Duchess of Cornwall at Clarence House.
She now focuses on a less commercial side of classical music which is where her heart lies. Alexandra is passionate about the English classical song repertoire, with recent engagements including a recital of Vaughan Williams songs at his old home Leith Hill Place, Surrey. She has an affinity for new works by British composers; Song cycles: ‘In Nature’s Ball’ and ‘Song Thrush’ were written for her by composer Peter Cowdrey, and she premiered David Lawrence’s ‘Ballad of the Lost House’ in Grosvenor Chapel, Mayfair in 2016 and is also working on two other song cycles by this composer; both setttings of Leonora Speyer’s poetry.
Alexandra’s voice was used as the recurring theme in Toni Castell’s new opera ‘The Year Man Became Immortal’ premiered at Cowdray Park and St James, Picadilly, 2017. Other operatic roles include Titania, Zerlina, Semele, Despina, and Adele and she enjoys exploring the exciting coloratura repertoire.
Over the last couple of years, she has performed in many concerts with her great friend Jamie Lonsdale, including venues such as Lambeth Palace, St James’ Theatre, London, and the Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford. She also co-founded the successful London based concert series www.chelseaconcerts.com with another great friend and countertenor Oliver Gerrish. Proceeds from these concerts have raised over £50,000 for many different charites and the duo plan to carry on performing together until they are very old and grey! Alexandra juggles her singing with being a mother to Valder and Violet (who many of you will know, was born last year!)
Personal website: www.alexandrakennedy.co.uk
Violeta Barrena (violin)
Award winning violinist, from Spanish and Swiss heritage, Violeta Barrena has performed in many prestigious venues, including The Royal Albert Hall, St. John’s Smith Square, the Roundhouse, Bolivar Hall, St. Martin-in-the-Fields as well as at festivals and venues around the UK and abroad including: Australia, Oman, Spain, Switzerland and Italy.
Violeta started taking violin lessons at the age of four and made her concerto debut aged fourteen. She was offered a place at the Royal Academy of Music, where she won the “Winifred Small” Solo Violin Competition for Bach and Paganini. She later went on to study for a Masters degree at the Royal College of Music.
Violeta has played with many chamber orchestras and she is also the leader of World Harmony Orchestra, an orchestra with charitable aims. As a chamber musician she is part of Duo Diez with guitarist Dimitris Dekavallas, who released their debut album entitled “From Granada to Buenos Aires” with Demerara records in November 2015.
Her interests as a violinist extend beyond the realms of classical music. Most recently, she has performed at Pizza Express Jazz Club and Ronnie Scotts, with folk and jazz musicians Peppe Servillo and Antonio Forcione. She has also worked closely with the likes of Celine Dion and Robbie Williams playing at the Royal Variety Show in front of HRM the Queen. Last year she went on tour with Manchester based Mercury Prize Winners Elbow, touring the UK and Europe extensively including a performance headlining Glastonbury and the Eden Sessions in Cornwall.
She is currently working on her debut solo album , which will explore unknown 20th century repertoire, new commissions, Bach and Piazzolla to be released with Aldilà records in Germany 2018.
Violeta plays on a Alessandro Gagliano 1725.