Lunchtime Opera Gala with Mezzo-Soprano Olivia Hamblyn
Enjoy a wonderful 2 course meal including after dinner coffee in the perfect setting of the Lovell Suite at the Swettenham Arms, whilst listening to an Opera Gala performed by mezzo-Soprano Olivia Hamblyn. Indulge in classics from the operas, such as Carmen and Gianni Schicchi and sing along to your favourites from the musicals, including Cole Porter and Gilbert & Sullivan.
Olivia Hamblyn is currently completing her undergraduate studies at the Royal Northern College of Music under principal vocal tutor, Hilary Summers. Recent solo repertoire includes Vivaldi’s Gloria and Magnificat, Rutter’s Feel the Spirit, Beethoven’s Mass in C major, Haydn’s St Nicolaus Mass and Vaughan William’s Serenade of Music. In 2019, she also won the James Martin Onken Song Prize. Olivia frequently appears in the RNCM opera productions, performing recently in opera scenes as Fanny Price in Jonathon Doves’ Mansfield Park, and as Countess Emerance in Messager’s Veronique. She has also taken part in Puccini’s Fra Angelico and Vaughan Williams’ The Pilgrim’s Progress- where she played the cover of PickThank. Alongside her solo engagements Olivia frequently performs a diverse range of music with choirs and ensembles around the country including: the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain, the Hallé Choir, RNCM Chamber Choir and Kantos Chamber Choir. Recent performances with these ensembles include: a new composition by Anna Meredith performed at the opening night of this year’s BBC Proms; Elgar’s ‘Dream of Gerontius’ conducted by Sir Simon Rattle accompanied by the Vienna Philharmonic; the world premiere of Rebecca Dale’s ‘Requiem for My Mother’, later recorded alongside the Liverpool Philharmonic.
Olivia is also an up-and-coming choral conductor and a Sing For Pleasure Young Choral Scholar. She is the choral director of six choirs and the assistant director for Sale Youth Choirs. Olivia also works freelance as a guest conductor for larger choral organisations such as the Hallé and Huddersfield Choral Society. Outreach is a big part of Olivia’s aspirations in becoming a musician. She frequently works with children and vulnerable adults. She is the founder of Musicians’ Minds Together – a non- for-profit organisation for the support and awareness of mental health in the classical music industry. In 2021 Olivia, on behalf of the organisation received both the Yamaha Entrepreneurship award and the RNCM Creative Innovators award which has provided funding to launch the organisation.