Lunchtime Concert: Trinity Laban Vocalists

TUE 07 JUN 13.05

Take time out this lunchtime for a performance by sopranos Sofia Bagulho and Valerija Iljin accompanied by pianist Tomas Matos in the beautiful surroundings of the Old Royal Naval College Chapel.

The Art of Soprano

From Le nozze di Figaro
Porgi Amor

Five Am'rous Sighs
I. Between Your Sheets

From Gianni Schicchi
O mio babbino caro

Balys Dvarionas

Twelve songs, Op.14
I wait for thee

i. Er ist’s
ii. Verbongenheit
iii. Elfenlied

Jorge Salgueiro
Oh que famintos beijos na floresta

From Don Pasquale
Quel guardo il cavaliere

From Le nozze di Figaro
From Cosi fan tutte
Prenderó quell brunnetino

Sofia Bagulho, born in Loures, Portugal, began studying music at the age of 9 at the Conservatório de Música D. Dinis with flute, under the guidance of Ricardo Alves. At the age of 17, she began studying singing at the Conservatório de Música de Lisboa with teacher Ângela Silva. With only a year of singing she secured a place at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and a choral scholarship with the Old Royal Naval College Trinity Laban Chapel Choir conducted by Ralph Allwood. She is also part of the Trinity Laban’s Chamber Choir. She finished her 2nd year singing exam with a Distinction mark and in 2019 in her 8th grade ABRSM exam she had a mark of 147 (Distinction) the highest score in Portugal in that year. She was a finalist in the 2022 English Song Competition at Trinity Laban. Recently she secured a place with the BBC Symphony Chorus where she will be participating in the Proms. In December 2015 she was part of the choir of the Winter Concert of the Cascais and Oeiras Chamber Orchestra, as a chorister in the section of sopranos, in the presentation of Beethoven's work, Symphony n.º9 in D minor, auditorium Senhora da Boa Nova. She was part of the Gulbenkian Participative Concerts project in September 2018 to sing Mozart’s Requiem and in December 2016, with the Messiah, by Georg Friedrich Häendel, as a chorister in the soprano section.

Valerija Iljin is a Lithuanian spinto lyric soprano currently studying with Joan Rodgers CBE and Helen Yorke at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, she is also mentored by Sarah Pring and Janet Haney. Valerija is a winner of many international competitions and festivals in Italy, Poland, Latvia, USA, Russia, Belarus, Malta, Moldova, Ukraine, France and Germany and other countries. Valerija has performed with various orchestras including Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra, ‘Trimitas’ orchestra, Panevezys musical theatre symphony orchestra, ‘Kaunas big band’, Belarus state symphony orchestra, Polish National symphony orchestra. In 2019 Valerija was awarded a bachelor's degree in theatre studies from Vilnius College and London College of Music, she has also studied at American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City and played in the operetta 'Gondoliers' production directed by David Henson. In May 2021, Valerija developed the roles of Susanna and Emma in Mussorgsky’s opera ‘Khovanschina’ (Bolshoi Theatre) working with the creative team: Simon McBurney OBE, Gerard McBurney and Leah Hausman. Recently, Valerija was announced the winner of Roy Pleasance Competition 21-22, won a IIIrd prize in Edith Poulsen recital prize adjudicated by Janis Kelly and attended masterclasses with Yvonne Howard, maestro Ubaldo Fabbri, Lynton Atkinson, Alison Wells, Nomeda Kazlaus, Kristian Benedikt, Asmik Grigorian, Joy Robinson, James Ottaway, Tom Primrose, and others. As a recognized artist of Lithuania she was invited to a special inauguration concert of the President of Lithuania Gitanas Nauseda in 2019.

Tomás Matos is an award winning international pianist with a number of prizes from international and national competitions, to name a few: International Music Competition Cidade do Fundão - 1st prize; XIII Ria de Vigo Piano Competition - Honorary Prize; 14th International Competition St. Cecilia - 1st prize; Alexander Scriabin International Competition - 1st prize; National Piano Competition - 1st prize, performing Chopin's First Piano Concerto with the Centro Orchestra. Currently Tomás is a holder of the Jimmie Cross Fund Scholarship and attends the Master's degree in Piano Performance at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, in the class of Prof. Yekaterina Lebedeva.

Old Royal Naval College Chapel
Admission free, no ticket required

Dates and times

This event finished on 07 June 2022.

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