Prior alumnus, Connor Baiano performed a medley of songs to an appreciative audience of students, staff and friends last night in the John Wood Chapel.
Accompanist for the concert and Director of Music, Roland Robertson reports:
"Now a vocal scholarship student at Manchester's prestigious Royal Northern College of Music, Connor is that rare thing in Britain, a real bass with a commanding vocal and physical presence. His programme ranged widely across the centuries, from Baroque classics by Purcell, Caccini and Bach to 20th century gems by Poulenc and Ivor Gurney, with Romantic masterpieces by Schubert and an unjustly neglected bass cycle by Carl Loewe. Alongside these imposing works, Connor revisited music he had first sung whilst a Prior student, notably arias from the Mozart operas that the College has staged so successfully in the past decade, Don Giovanni and The Magic Flute. The path to professional vocal success is long and hard, but the audience surely felt that the future looks bright for a soloist of Connor's presence and charisma. The recital marks the beginning of a number of planned College alumni celebrity recitals."
Alumna, Emily Bradley, who studies at the Royal Scottish Academy in Glasgow, was also due to perform but, sadly, pulled out due to illness.
Donations at the end of the recital were collected for the Prior Park College Chapel Appeal. Find out more here.
Pictured: Director of Music, Mr Roland Robertson & Connor Baiano