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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Concert Diary

2 February, Mote Hall, Maidstone

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

Wagner Liebestod
Strauss Four Last Songs

9 February, Pittville Pump Rooms

Cheltenham Symphony Orchestra
David Curtis, conductor

Strauss Four Last Songs

22-23 February Haslemere Hall, Surrey

Opera South
Jonathan Dove, Mansfield Park

Director: James Hurley
Music Director: Harry Sykes
Haslemere Hall, Surrey CR7 7BE

April joins a stellar cast as the vivacious, scheming ‘Mary Crawford’ in Opera South’s ingenious new production of Jonathan Dove’s Mansfield Park, directed by James Hurley.

23 March, Albert Hall, Nottingham

Nottingham Harmonic Choir
Richard Laing, conductor

Albert Hall, Nottingham NG1 5AA

Haydn Creation

14 April, Shire Hall, Hereford

English Symphony Orchestra
Academia Musica Choir
Michael Young, conductor

Shire Hall, Hereford HR1 2HX

Bach Magnificat in D Major

15 April, Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

Goldsmiths Choral Union
Musicians of London
Brian Wright, conductor

Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, London SE1 8XX

Beethoven Missa Solemnis

20 April, Danbury Mission, Chelmsford, Essex

Dei Gratia Baroque Ensemble
Matthew O’Donovan, conductor

Danbury Mission, Chelmsford, Essex, CM3 4QL

Handel Messiah

4 May, Trinity College Chapel, Cambridge

Cambridgeshire Choral Society
Richard Laing, conductor

Poulenc Gloria

8 May, The Pheasantry, Pizza Express Kings Road, London

April takes the recital platform once more with duo partner William Vann for Americana, a vibrant, diverse celebration of American song as part of the Pizza Express Live series, with music from Copland, Ives, Barber, and Bernstein and special sets devoted to the memories of Dominick Argento and André Previn.

Programme

From Twelve Songs of Emily Dickinson: Nature, the gentlest Mother | There came a wind like a Bugle | The world feels dusty | Dear March, come in – Aaron Copland
Two Love Songs – Leonard Bernstein
From the Diary of Virginia Woolf: The Diary | Rome | War – Dominick Argento
Three Songs of Emily Dickinson | Sallie Chisum Remembers Billy the Kid – André Previn
Sure on this shining night | A Green Lowland of Pianos | Nocturne – Samuel Barber
The Circus Band | Down East | They are There – Charles Ives

28 May, Stratford Playhouse, Stratford-upon-Avon

Orchestra of the Swan
Kenneth Woods, conductor

Stratford Playhouse
Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 6LU

Mahler Symphony no. 4
David Matthews Le Lac (world premiere)

April returns to Mahler’s masterful miniature jewel of a symphony and sings the world premiere of a major new work by David Matthews for chamber orchestra and soprano, setting Alphonse de Lamartine’s epic poem Le Lac.

5 June, Pembroke College, Oxford

April Fredrick, soprano
William Vann, piano

Pembroke College
Pichette Auditorium

April returns to the recital stage with long-time duo partner William Vann for a varied programme of songs by Gurney, Ireland, Rachmaninov, Debussy and John Joubert.

29 July, Gloucester Cathedral

Ivor Gurney Hall, 9.30am
Three Choirs Festival

April Fredrick draws upon her Masters and doctoral work on the late songs of Ivor Gurney to give the audience a window into the fascinating work of this multi-faceted and troubled creative genius.

30 July, Gloucester Cathedral

BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Neal Davies, bass
Three Choirs Festival
Gloucester Cathedral
John Joubert, An English Requiem

After her critically acclaimed premiere of ‘Jane’ in Joubert’s opera Jane Eyre, April makes her premiere at the Three Choirs Festival as well as with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, singing another masterwork by Joubert dedicated to the memory of its composer, who died in January 2018.

16 October, Malvern Priory

Malvern Priory, Great Malvern
English Symphony Orchestra
Kenneth Woods, conductor

Strauss Four Last Songs, arr. James Ledger
Humperdinck ‘Die kleine Sandmann’ from Hansel und Gretel

After her critically acclaimed premiere of ‘Jane’ in Joubert’s opera Jane Eyre, April makes her premiere at the Three Choirs Festival as well as with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, singing another masterwork by Joubert dedicated to the memory of its composer, who died in January 2018.

16 November, Trinity Church, Harrow

Trinity Orchestra
Tom Seligman, conductor

Strauss Four Last Songs

Trinity Church,
Hindes Road,
Harrow, HA1 1RX

April returns to the beloved song cycle by Richard Strauss, full of the ‘gifts reserved for old age’, in T.S. Eliot’s term, of reflection and serene acceptance.

17 December, Malvern Priory

English Symphony Orchestra
Kenneth Woods, conductor

Handel Messiah

Malvern Priory
Great Malvern

April returns to Handel’s beloved oratorio framing the epic span of the Christian story of salvation.

25 April, 2020, Worcester Cathedral

English Symphony Orchestra
Worcester Mayflower Chorus
Neil Ferris, conductor

Philip Sawyers Mayflower on the Sea of Time (world premiere)

Worcester Cathedral
Worcester

A major new work for soprano and baritone soloists, orchestra, and choir commemorating the 400th anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower.

20 June, 2020 Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

Wrexham Symphony Orchestra
Richard Howarth, conductor
Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

Mahler Symphony no 8

29 July, 2020 Worcester Cathedral

English Symphony Orchestra
Worcester Mayflower Chorus
Kenneth Woods, conductor
Worcester Cathedral

Philip Saywers Mayflower on the Sea of Time

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