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Young Artists' Platform

In 2011 we inaugurated the London Orpheus Choir’s Young Artists’ platform. This aims to give aspiring singers from London’s music colleges additional opportunities of participating in high quality choral singing in important concert venues and of undertaking solo roles in a wide range of repertoire. Bryony Purdue and Kirsty McLean have already performed in recent concerts and delighted us with their performances in our Bernstein and Rutter Concert on 10th May 2014 in St James's Piccadilly.

Kirsty McLean
 first studied at Chetham’s School of Music, Manchester and now studies at Trinity Laban Conservatoire in Greenwich with Dr Linda Hirst. Between school and Trinity Kirsty took two years out of study to travel and to teach singing and music at a children’s camp in Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

In the Lake District, Kirsty has won many awards for singing including the Jim Noble award, Esther C Croskery & Aprille C Bonner performance award, the Kenneth Hill Memorial bursary and the George Nicholls Young Musician of the Year Award at South Cumbria Music Festival. In September she was also a finalist for the Keldwyth award. This year Kirsty was a finalist in the Lillian Ash French song competition at Trinity.

Kirsty joined the London Orpheus Choir as part of their Young Artists’ Platform in January and has performed in Handel’s Brockes Passion and Brahm’s Requiem with them.

Bryony Purdue
 spent the first 10 years of her life in East Linton, a town not far from Edinburgh on the East coast of Scotland until 2003 when her family moved down to near Shaftesbury in Dorset. It was here that Bryony began singing with Lesley Thompson, who saw her through the singing grades with both ABRSM and TrinityGuildhall exam boards. As well as exam certificates, Bryony has performed at choral and classical solo concerts as well as weddings, fashion shows and open mic nights. 
After completing A levels with a place to study French and Music with Italian at Cardiff university, Bryony found she was not in the right place and so left to train further in singing and to apply for Music College. In September 2013, Bryony accepted an offer to study BMus Classical Performance at Trinity Laban Conservatoire under the vocal tutelage of Teresa Cahill, where she is currently studying. Bryony is a relatively new member of London Orpheus Choir and has performed in two concerts with them so far.