APRIL FREDRICK

'...a real soprano, her tone is beautifully placed..'

Christopher Morley

About April

April is a soprano with a passion for nuance and text which gets to the heart of both music and character. Equally at home on the opera stage, concert hall and recording studio, April has recently premiered the title role of John Joubert’s opera Jane Eyre in a live concert recording (due for release on SOMM Recordings in March 2017).

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Featured Review

April Fredrick sang with a lyrically gleaming soprano, soaring rapturously on Joubert’s singer-friendly lines.

John Allison, Daily Telegraph

The New Album

The splendid, strong-willed Jane of April Fredrick, whose terrific dramatic sense, reflected both visually and vocally, revealed the music as not just dramatic but utterly riveting.

Roderick Dunnett

Daily Classical Music Magazine

This new recording pays an affectionate tribute to composer John Joubert who is 90 in March. The world première of his 2-Act Opera Jane Eyre was recorded live during a concert performance at the Ruddock Performing Arts Centre in Birmingham last year and features April in the title role along with David Stout, Gwion Thomas, Mark Milhofer and the English Symphony Orchestra conducted by Kenneth Woods. This special 2-disc release will be available to coincide with John’s birthday celebrations in March.

Blooming Where You’re Planted: Becoming Red Lotus

Since May, I have been involved in an extraordinary project: Monk and Lotus, a new opera mingling...
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‘The River’: Improvisation and Sounding Reality

Four Drums and One Stage On Sunday, I went to an improvisation gig by a jazz quartet at a venue in...
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Smelly Shoes and Redemption

Today was a bit of a triumph, a laying to rest of old ghosts. For the first time in my memory, I...
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Suchet, Swingouts and Semiquavers

Tuesday was a day of contrasts not as great as they initially appeared. First that evening, I went...
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Death and the Semitone

‘For we shall be hereafter as though we had never been’. Cheery thoughts from Solomon, he of the...
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Afterglow of a Instant Classic

‘Music, when soft voices die…vibrates in the memory’ (Percy Shelley) Two days after the recording...
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Role as Relationship

Geography Learning a role is a bit like beginning a relationship. First comes the general...
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Lines in the Sand

Having just prepared a large chunk of Ilia from Mozart’s Idomeno with the lovely Kensington...
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The Balance of Furious Opposites: Dialectic in Jane Eyre

dialectic   noun  di·a·lec·tic \ˌdī-ə-ˈlek-tik\ 1:     philosophy: a method of examining and...
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And So, Dear Reader

I begin, or rather continue, a relationship begun many years ago. Jane, who is not beautiful but...
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Upcoming Concerts

26 January, 2018, St James's Piccadilly

Eric McElroy, piano

A concert for the Robert Graves and Wilfred Owen Societies, celebrating the centenary of Graves’ marriage to Nancy Nicholson in that church, an event at which Owen was in attendance.

Programme including songs by Gurney, John Ireland, Arthur Bliss, and the world premiere of Eric McElroy’s new Graves song cycle ‘A Dead Man’s Embers’.

10 February, Huntingdon Hall, Worcester

English Symphony Orchestra

Mahler Symphony no. 4
Das Irdische Leben
Schubert Die Forelle
Der Tod und das Mädchen
Humperdinck Die kleine Sandmann and Abendbeten

An innovative programme featuring the Eric Stein chamber version of Mahler’s Symphony no 4 and new arrangements by ESO Artistic Director Kenneth Woods for the same forces, exploring themes of childhood innocence, death and starvation, and a child’s view of heaven.

24 February, All Souls Church

Mozart ‘Alleluia’ from Exsultate, Jubilate
Handel ‘Let the Bright Seraphim’
Strauss ‘Morgen’
Cliver Malabar ‘Lux Aeterna’ (world premiere)

A virtuoso orchestra of members of the Musicians’ Network and Epiphany presents ‘Light Eternal’, a joyous and moving programme of music exploring the theme of light within the classical repertoire and faith as a whole, including four world premieres, of which April is premiering one, ‘Lux Aeterna’ by Clive Malabar.

10 March, St Ebbe's Oxford

Handel Messiah
Dei Gratia Baroque Ensemble

Dei Gratia Baroque Ensemble, of which April is a founding member, presents Handel’s beloved oratorio as part of St. Ebbe’s Lenten programme.

27 March, St John's Church Downshire Hill

Passion
Dei Gratia Baroque Ensemble

An innovative new dramatised and abridged version of Bach’s St John Passion with narration and a new translation by Lawrence Olsworth-Peter and Noel Tredinnick.

16-17 April, Potton Hall

Recording Alan Charlton’s expansive song cycle The Cloud, a setting of Shelley’s epic poem, with Will Vann, piano.

17 May, National Memorial Arboretum, Lichfield

April will sing for the dedication of the National Memorial to British Victims of Overseas Terrorism at National Memorial Arboretum in Lichfield, a televised event including Handel’s ‘Lascia ch’io pianga’, a piece chosen by the families whose loved ones will be celebrated, as well as the national anthem.

15 June, Sustainable Studios, Cardiff

April will sing in a programme for the closing of Kieran Lyons’ exibition ‘Stable Hinges and Depleted Footballs’, including songs by Gurney, Cole Porter, and Flanders and Swann and an improvisation by voice and violin, responding to the works.

30 June, Chingford Parish Church (St Peter & Paul)

South West Essex Choir
Chingford Parish Church (St Peter & Paul),
The Green, Chingford, E4 7EN
Andrew Sack, conductor

Carl Davis The Armed Man
Haydn Little Organ Mass

10-12 July, 'La Caixa' Cultural Centre, Palma de Mallorca

April will be sing a concert programme of Ireland, Gurney, Bliss, and the new Robert Graves cycle ‘A Dead Man’s Embers’ by Eric McElroy, performed then as now with the composer at the keyboard, as part of the 2018 Robert Graves Conference.

22 July, Wells Cathedral

Somerset Chamber Choir
Richard Laing, conductor

Vivaldi Gloria

4 October, St. John's Smith Square

Will Vann, piano

A solo recital as part of SJSS’s ‘Americana’festival including songs by Copland, Prèvin, Argento, Bernstein, Ives and A Dead Man’s Embers, a new cycle by Eric McElroy which April premiered at St. James’s Piccadilly in January 2018.

Copland Twelve Songs of Emily Dickinson

Argento From the Diary of Virginia Woolf

The Diary
Rome
War

Prèvin Sallie Chisum Remembers Billy the Kid

Ives The Circus Band
Down East
They are There

Bernstein Two Love Songs
Piccola Seranata

McElroy A Dead Man’s Embers

27-28 October, Roxburgh Theatre, Stowe

‘Avis’
The Wreckers, Ethel Smyth

April will be singing the role of ‘Avis’ in Ethel Smyth’s seldom-performed opera to celebrate the centenary of Women’s Suffrage, in a new production by Arcadia Opera for which the theater will be specially adapted.

2 December, Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham

Nottingham Harmonic Choir
Richard Laing, conductor

Handel Messiah

2 February 2019, Mote Hall, Maidstone

Mote Hall, Maidstone, ME15 7RN
Maidstone Symphony Orchestra
Brian Wright, conductor

Wagner Liebestod
Strauss Four Last Songs

9 February 2019, Pittville Pump Rooms

Cheltenham Symphony Orchestra
David Curtis, conductor

Strauss Four Last Songs

4 May 2019, Trinity College Chapel, Cambridge

Cambridgeshire Choral Society
Richard Laing, conductor

Poulenc Gloria

Featured Review

A beautiful voice, shining and round, celestial on the high notes and rich on the low ones, with a creamy timbre and velvety strength.

Piers Burton-Page, International Record Review

Featured Review

A beautiful voice, shining and round, celestial on the high notes and rich on the low ones, with a creamy timbre and velvety strength.

Piers Burton-Page, International Record Review