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Mastersingers’ Achievements – 1998 to present:


65  Götterdämmerung Act 3  The Rehearsal Orchestra at the Henry Wood Hall, London conducted by Tony Legge with Katie Lowe Brünnhilde Jonathan Stoughton Siegfried Julian Close Hagen Lisa Howarth Gutrune Paul Carey Jones Gunther Mari Wyn Williams Woglinde Rosemary Braddy Wellgunde Emma Carrington Flosshilde The Mastersingers Chorale (director: Kelvin Lim) – October 2017

64 Rebellious Love  Lionel Friend and David Edwards led a workshop session on Die Walküre Act 2 sc 4 with Rebecca Godley Brünnhilde and Elliot Goldie Siegmund at St. Botolph’s, Bishopsgate, London – September 2017

63  Siegfried Masterclass  Malcolm Rivers led a session for the Wagner Society of Scotland on highlights from Siegfried with Lee Bisset,  Jonathan Stoughton, Donald Thomson and Kelvin Lim in Edinburgh –  April 2017

62  Culture and the Third Reich  A weekend of lectures, film and live performance devised by David Edwards and presented in association with the Music Club of London at University College, London. Speakers and performers included Professor Derek Hughes, Dr. Richard Staley, Professor Erik Levi, Dr. Roger Allen, David Elliott, Mary Carewe, Dale Rapley, Stefan Bednarczyk, Philippa Boyle, Michael Bracegirdle and Kelvin Lim – April 2017

61  Broadway matinee musicale  A Sunday afternoon masterclass and concert hosted by Michael de Navarro QC at his Cotswold home. Featuring Dame Anne Evans, Anthony Negus, Rachel Nicholls, Lee Bisset, James Rutherford and Richard Black – March 2017

60  Götterdämmerung Act 2  The Rehearsal Orchestra conducted by David Syrus at the Henry Wood Hall, featuring Lee Bisset, Lisa Wilson, Mark Le Brocq, Paul Carey Jones, Stuart Pendred, Malcolm Rivers and the Mastersingers Chorale (director: Kelvin Lim) – October 2016

59 Sounds and Sweet Airs  A weekend in the Jubilee Hall, Aldeburgh of Shakespeare-inspired musical events, with distinguished guests Dame Josephine Barstow, Dame Anne Evans, John Copley CBE, Humphrey Burton CBE and Dr Patrick Carnegy. Featuring Lee Bisset, Lynsey Docherty, Rosemary Braddy, Yaniv d’Or, Peter Kirk, Eddie Wade, Stuart Pendred, David Edwards and Music Director Kelvin Lim – September 2016

58 Die Walküre Act 3 final scene   Lee Bisset and Paul Carey Jones directed by David Edwards with Kelvin Lim piano at the Duke’s Hall, Royal Academy of Music – November 2015

57 Parsifal Act 3  The Rehearsal Orchestra conducted by David Syrus at the Henry Wood Hall, with Mark Le Brocq, James Platt, Stuart Pendred and the Mastersingers Chorale (director: Kelvin Lim) – October 2015

56 Parsifal: Time becomes Space   Illustrated lecture by David Edwards featuring Donald Thomson, Eddie Wade; Brian Smith Walters with Kelvin Lim piano at St. Botolph’s, Bishopsgate – September 2015

Parsifal Masterclass: Sir John Tomlinson with Mark Le Brocq, James Platt, Stuart Pendred and Kelvin Lim piano at St. Botolph’s, Bishopsgate – September 2015

55 Bayreuth or Bust   Illustrated lecture on Wagner and King Ludwig by David Edwards featuring Cecilia Bailey, Brian Smith Walters and Paul Carey Jones with Sonia Ben Santamaria piano at St. Botolph’s, Bishopsgate – April 2015

54 Tristan und Isolde (scenes)  The Rehearsal Orchestra conducted by David Syrus, with Rachel Nicholls and Neal Cooper at the Henry Wood Hall – October 2014

53 Après le déluge   A weekend of interviews, lectures and recitals curated by David Edwards illustrating Wagner’s influence on later composers. Jubilee Hall, Aldeburgh – September 2014

52 Gluck at 300  A celebration of Christof Willibald Gluck’s tercentenary devised and presented by David Edwards for the Music Club of London at 49 Queens Gate Terrace. Featuring Mariya Krywaniuk, Louise Mott, John-Colyn Gyenantey, Gerard Collett and Bryan Evans piano – May 2014

51 Wagner and the Dream King   A presentation devised by David Edwards at St Botolph’s Church Hall, Bishopsgate – March 2014

50 Das Rheingold (scenes 3 and 4)  The Rehearsal Orchestra conducted by David Syrus at the Henry Wood Hall. Featuring Martin Lamb, Adrian Dwyer, Michael Bracegirdle, Jeremy White, Paul Carey Jones, Sarah Pring, Julian Close, Oliver Hunt, Sarah Jane Lewis, Sylvia McWhirter and Rhonda Browne – October 2013

49 Inside the Ring   A series of 17 interviews, lectures and recitals programmed by David Edwards complementing the Longborough Festival Ring Cycle performances – Blockley, July 2013

48 Gods & Heroes  A presentation exploring the music of Britten, Verdi and Wagner, devised by David Edwards for the Music Club of London in Eastbourne. Featuring Sir John Tomlinson, Lee Bisset, Cheryl Enever, Rhonda Browne, Neal Cooper, Michael Druiett, Richard Roberts, Adam Tunnicliffe, Stuart Pendred and Kelvin Lim piano – May 2013

47 Die Walküre Act III  The Rehearsal Orchestra conducted by David Syrus at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Featuring James Rutherford, Rachel Nicholls, Lee Bisset, Cara McHardy, Mariya Krywaniuk, Megan Llewellyn Dorke, Jacqueline Varsey, Miriam Sharrad, Emma Carrington, Rhonda Browne and Niamh Kelly – October 2012

46 Villainy and Heroism in Opera   A weekend-long festival of recitals, concerts, masterclasses, multimedia presentations and art exhibitions at the Assembly Rooms and Judge’s Lodging Museum in Presteigne and at the Sir Sidney Nolan Trust, the Rodd – September 2012

45 Das Geheimnis der Liebe  A concert devised by David Edwards celebrating the music of Richard Strauss at the home of Sir Vernon and Lady Ellis at 49 Queen’s Gate Terrace, London – April 2012

44 From Russia With Love   A concert celebrating Russian romantic music at the home of Sir Vernon and Lady Ellis at 49 Queen’s Gate Terrace, London – February 2012

43 Public masterclasses by mezzo-soprano Petra Lang with pianist and coach Adrian Baianu at Peregrines Pianos in Grays Inn Road, London – February 2012

42 Götterdämmerung (scenes)  Staged with piano accompaniment and directed by Christopher Cowell, at the London Welsh Centre – December 2011

41 Götterdämmerung (scenes)  The Rehearsal Orchestra conducted by David Syrus at the Henry Wood Hall. Featuring Alwyn Mellor, Jonathan Stoughton, Niamh Kelly, Catherine Young, Meta Powell, Miriam Sharrad and Stuart Pendred – October 2011

40 Living in Exile  A weekend-long festival devised by David Edwards of recitals, concerts, masterclasses, multimedia presentations, art exhibitions, films. Featuring Dame Anne Evans, Sir John Tooley, Tony Palmer, Humphrey Burton CBE, James Rutherford and Kelvin Lim at Aldeburgh Cinema and Jubilee Hall – May 2011

39 Die Walküre Act II  The Rehearsal Orchestra at the Henry Wood Hall,conducted by David Syrus with James Rutherford, Alwyn Mellor and Magda Ashman – October 2010

38 The inaugural Goodall Academy weekend’s Masterclasses with Sir John Tomlinson, Dame Anne Evans and Neil Howlett, interviews with Sir John Tooley and Sir John Tomlinson, recitals by Sir John Tomlinson and Kelvin Lim. At the Sir Sidney Nolan Trust, Presteigne – August 2010

37 Fund-raising auction and gala concert with James Rutherford, Amanda Echalaz and Kelvin Lim at 49 Queen’s Gate Terrace, London – December 2009

36 Masterclass with Sir Donald McIntyre at The London Welsh Centre – December 2009

35 Wilhelmine Schröder-Devrient: Wagner’s prima donna presented by David Edwards at the London Welsh Centre – December 2009

34 Lohengrin (scenes)   The Rehearsal Orchestra conducted by Anthony Legge, featuring Dominic Natoli, Elaine McKrill and Julie Unwin – November 2009

33 The London Rings – from Solti to Pappano  A celebration at the Jubilee Hall and Cinema, Aldeburgh of performances of Der Ring des Nibelungen in London from the 1960s to the present. Featuring Dame Gwyneth Jones, Dame Anne Evans, Lady Valerie Solti, Sir John Tomlinson, Sir Antonio Pappano, Michael Portillo, Keith Warner, Lionel Friend, Barry Millington, David Cairns, Humphrey Burton CBE, James Rutherford, Andrew Rees and Kelvin Lim – May 2009

32 Die Meistersinger Act III Scenes 1-4  Staged (with piano and ‘cello) by David Edwards at the Royal Academy of Music – November 2008

31 Die Meistersinger Act III Scenes 1-4  The Rehearsal Orchestra conducted by Anthony Legge, at the Grey Coat Hospital School October 2008

30 A Richard Strauss Afternoon devised by David Edwards at the Royal Academy of Music, featuring Amanda Echalaz – October 2008

29 The English Tradition  A weekend celebrating the music of Vaughan Williams, Walton & Britten and the life of British director Colin Graham, at the Aldeburgh Cinema and Jubilee Hall May 2008

28 From Bayreuth to Busseto   A concert devised and presented by David Edwards illustrating the connection between Wagner and Verdi. Featuring Gweneth-Ann Jeffers, Elaine McKrill, Andrea Baker, Philip O’Brien, Charles Johnston, Michael Druiett, Anthony Negus and Kelvin Lim at the Royal Academy of Music – December 2007

27 Wagner’s Gods  An illustrated talk examining the influences on Wagner’s music, presented by David Edwards at the ROH Linbury Theatre – October 2007

26 Parsifal Act II with the Rehearsal Orchestra conducted by Anthony Legge at the Grey Coat Hospital School – October 2007

25 Breaking the Ring  An illustrated lecture devised by David Edwards as part of the ROH Wagner Day at the ROH Linbury Theatre – October 2007

24 Crime and Punishment  A weekend at Presteigne with two days of concerts and multimedia presentations at the Assembly Rooms and the Judge’s Lodging Museum – September 2007

23 Das Liebesverbot (scenes) A concert with piano at the Royal Academy of Music – December 2006

22 Götterdämmerung (scenes)  Staged (with piano) by David Edwards at the Royal Academy of Music – December 2006

21 Götterdämmerung (scenes)  The Rehearsal Orchestra conducted by Anthony Legge at the Grey Coat Hospital School – October 2006

20 Concert for finalists of the Seattle Wagner Competition at St. Luke’s. Two of the participants, James Rutherford and Miriam Murphy, subsequently won the competition – August 2006

19 Wagner, Britten and the sea  A weekend exploring links between Wagner’s Der fliegende Holländer and Britten’s Peter Grimes at the Jubilee Hall and Cinema, Aldeburgh, Suffolk – May 2006

18 Siegfried Act III  Staged (with piano) by Michael Walling at the Royal Academy of Music – December 2005

17 Siegfried Act III  The Rehearsal Orchestra conducted by Anthony Legge at the Grey Coat Hospital School – October 2005

16 Parsifal Act II  Staged (with piano) by David Edwards with Elaine McKrill, Jonathan Finney and Nick Fowler

Concert of Wesendonck Lieder with extracts from Wagner’s letters an writings. Presented in association with Palace Opera at the Childwickbury Arts Fair – June 2005

15 Young Artists’ Concert at the Swedenborg Hall, London – June 2005

14 Die Walküre Act III  Staged (with piano) by David Edwards at the Royal Academy of Music. Featuring Elaine McKrill, Julian Tovey and Amanda Echalaz – December 2004

13 Die Walküre Act 3  The Rehearsal Orchestra conducted by Anthony Legge at the Grey Coat Hospital School – October 2004

12 Concert of Wagner’s songs and a portrait in text and song of the relationship between Wagner and Berlioz, devised by David Edwards at the Royal Academy of Music – September 2004

11 Events for the Wagner Society’s 50th Anniversary Gala at the Royal Academy of Music -December 2003:

Staged performance (with piano) of Das Rheingold scenes 1 and 4

Female Wagner Singing Prize

10 Das Rheingold (scenes) The Rehearsal Orchestra conducted by Anthony Legge at the Grey Coat Hospital School – October 2003

9 Events for the Wagner Society’s 50th Anniversary Gala at the Royal Academy of Music – May 2003:

Celebrity panel discussion on Wagner Today, chaired by Mike Ashman with Professor John Deathridge, Sir John Tomlinson, Lionel Friend and Keith Warner

Wotan’s Journey a recital by John Tomlinson of Wotan’s music from the Ring, accompanied by Lionel Friend

Male Wagner Singing Prize

Celebrity Recital accompanied by Lionel Friend. Also taking part: Malcolm Rivers, Anne Collins, Stephen O’Mara, Susan Bullock, Neil Howlett and Dame Anne Evans.

8 Rita Hunter Prize for Sopranos at the Wigmore Hall – April 2002

7 Concert performances (with piano) of Siegfried and Götterdämmerung at the Rudolf Steiner Theatre: December 2000, October 2001 – November 2002

6 Tristan Workshop with Susan Bullock at the Conway Hall – November 2001

5 Brünnhilde’s Awakening  A study day and staged performance (with piano) of Act Three of Siegfried at the Linbury Studio Theatre – September 2000

4 Concert of Wagner’s Women featuring Rosalind Plowright at St John’s Smith Square – March 2000

3 Semi-staged production (with piano) of The Valkyrie at the Newbury Arts Festival – May 1999

2 Open rehearsals of Das Rheingold and Die Walküre held in London

1 Semi-staged performances at the De Montfort Hall, Leicester, both with orchestra, of Das Rheingold in March 1998 and Die Walküre in January 1999