Natalie Burch specialises in vocal accompaniment and is widely in demand as a song pianist across London and the UK. She won the accompaniment prize at the 2015 Maureen Lehane Awards at Wigmore Hall, was a finalist alongside 2nd Prize winner James Way at the 2017 Kathleen Ferrier Awards and is a 2018 Britten-Pears, Leeds Lieder and Samling Artist.
As a trustee for Opera Prelude, Natalie is thrilled to help ensure the future success of the charity both on the board and through accompanying young singers for their lectures, masterclasses and recitals.
Adriana delivered numerous lecture-recitals over the years in parallel with developing her performing as well as academic career. She has gained a PhD from the Royal Academy of Music, where she now does academic work in addition to being Senior Lecturer at Leeds College of Music. Opera Prelude became a registered charity in 2014. Fiona and Adriana continue to oversee the strategic and artistic implementation of the year-round programme of opera related events and outreach work undertaken by Opera Prelude’s next generation talent.
Fiona Hamilton started Opera Prelude with Adriana in 2010. After meeting Adriana after a concert, they discovered their joint love of opera and interest in the development of young singers. Fiona instigated the novel idea of hosting lecture recitals as a means of giving experience and fairly-paid employment opportunities for some of the country’s finest young singers at the start of their careers.
Sarah studied Theatre and Performance BA and Advertising and Marketing MA, both at Leeds University. Whilst here she discovered her love for producing when she became the Producer for Hungry Bitches Productions Theatre Company (yes… really), who specialise in new musical theatre productions with a contemporary bite. With Hungry Bitches Productions their shows “FACEHUNTERS” and “AMERICANA” were both selected for The Sunday Times National Student Drama Festival, where they picked up the Cameron Mackintosh Award for musical theatre as well as producing sell-put shows at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 3 years running.
In 2012 Sarah became the Founding Producer of The International Opera Awards, which have gone from strength to strength over the past few years, with significant growth in audience numbers and international recognition. Now firmly established as the Oscars of the opera world, and one the most significant and highly-anticipated events in the global arts calendar: the “Toscars”. The Opera Awards Foundation, their charity and raison d’être supports aspiring talent in opera throughout the world. As well as producing the awards and being a trustee of Opera Prelude, Sarah works in business development for Investor Publishing Ltd, is on the English National Opera Young Patron’s Committee and is Chairman of the Helios Collective.
Nicholas discovered his love of opera at a very early age. The first time he was quiet for a two hour span was when he was sat in front of a video of Mozart’s Don Giovanni at the age of 2. Fortunately, in many respects, very little has changed.
After studying clarinet at Trinity Laban for a year, Nicholas read Music at the University of Oxford, where he focused his academic study on opera ranging from its inception through to the twentieth century. Whilst there, Nicholas was an ambassador for the Royal Opera House, promoting ROH initiatives and productions to the students of Oxford.
In late 2012 Nicholas co-founded Opera Lyrica with the dual aims of enabling young singers, musicians, directors, designers, and technicians gain experience and increasing opera’s audience, especially amongst the younger generation. The charity put on productions of classic operas and brought opera to a number of communities in and around the South of England.
More recently, Nicholas has been the Company Manager at The Grange Festival, working with some of the world’s most acclaimed singers in a unique setting. In his spare time, Nicholas enjoys going to the theatre and sailing.