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No More Talk of Darkness

A concert of popular and favourite, arias and duets.
Sung by Kerry Firth & David Palmer. Pianist Robert Chesters.

Opening with; ‘All I ask of you’ duet Phantom of the Opera, Andrew LLoyd- Weber

Arias, Duets and Trio from;
Barber of Seville, Rossini, Don Giovanni, Mozart,
Gianni Schicchi, Puccini, Les Miserables, Boublil & Schonberg
Marriage of Figaro, Mozart Rigoletto, Verdi
The Merry Widow, Franz Lehar.

Music presented by David Palmer.

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Kerry Firth

Kerry is a professional soprano based in Manchester and is a music graduate from the University of Manchester, where she also gained her MMUS and a PhD in ethnomusicology. The latter took her to South Africa with choir and opera performances in Cape Town & Johannesburg. Whilst studying in Manchester she performed regularly in the University’s concert and Opera series.    Kerry’s operatic experience includes includes Zerlina (Don Giovanni), Barbarina and Susanna (La Nozze Di Figaro), Damon (Acis and Galatea), Belinda (Dido and Aeneas), and Lucy (The Telephone). Most recently Kerry was a Kathleen Roberts vocal scholar at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire, London, where she gained a distinction in her Postgraduate Advance Diploma under the tuition of Linda Hirst, providing further performance opportunities and achievements in 2018 and 2019.

David Palmer
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David Palmer

David is a graduate of Cardiff University. A scholarship enabled him to study singing at Washington State University in the USA. On his return to Britain, David studied with leading teachers from the Royal Northern College of Music. His repertoire grew from Musical Theatre at the Empire Theatre Liverpool, to leading roles in Aida, Don Carlos, Carmen, Pearl Fishers, La Boheme, La Traviata. Also in Operetta, Merry Widow and G&S. David sang major roles for Heritage Opera in Così fan tutti, Eugene Onegin, La Bohème, The Marriage of Figaro, Magic Flute, Barber of Seville. He has sung for City of Manchester Opera and Preston Opera, including Macbeth and Pagliacci.
He is also Artistic Director of Opera Viva, Liverpool. The company has won several awards for the quality of their opera productions and concerts. When lockdown restrictions end, they hope to revive a production of Elixir of Love, that was planned for April 2020!

Revues: “David Palmer was outstanding as Bartolo. A lovely, beautifully produced, mature timbre.”

“David Palmer’s Marcello set the pace at once: an attractive, self-effacing presence and a warm, cuddly tone”.

“David Palmer, the beautifully resonant Count Almaviva” Lancashire Life.

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Robert Chesters
Robert studied at the Royal Northern College of Music under John Gough and graduated from the RNCM in September 2008 with a Masters degree. During his studies, Robert was the recipient of the RNCM Bach Prize, and he won the Accompanist Prize in the Bessie Cronshaw Song Cycle Competition. Robert performs with instrumentalists, solo singers and choirs and is the official accompanist for the Liverpool Philharmonic Children’s Choir. Robert also works as the repetiteur for Opera Viva Merseyside including their forthcoming production of L’elisir d’Amore, and since 2020 he has worked in TV and film with Face Management in Leeds.

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