Return of soprano

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FORMER Fylde coast soprano Jane Wilkinson returns to her roots on Saturday with a concert at Poulton Methodist Church accompanied by South African pianist Anne Marshall.

Jane started her vocal training with Brenda Waddington and then Barbara Robotham, being awarded music scholarships for Elmslie and then Rossall School.

She furthered her training at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow and gained a Bachelor of Music degree before being accepted to the Royal College of Music in London.

While at the RCM she won the prestigious Van Someren Godfery Prize for English Song.

Jane now lives in London and is studying with Jane Irwin.

Earlier year she performed the role of Louise in the operetta These Things Happen and has performed recitals and oratorios in such venues as the Royal Albert Hall, Blackburn Cathedral, Paisley Cathedral, Blackpool Opera House, Glasgow Cathedral, Edinburgh Festival, West Yorkshire Play House, St Martins’ in the Field and The Purcell Room.

Broadcasts and recordings include Beethoven’s 9th Symphony and Vaughan Williams Flos Campi on BBC Radio 3, Stravinsky Mass (BBC Scotland), recital with The Nightingale Trio on Summit TV (South Africa), Bells of Heaven folk rock album and Three Uninvited Guests, both by Thornton writer by Andrew Keeling.

Jane teaches singing at Chelsea Academy, Imperial College and the Early Learning Music Academy. She also teaches privately both in Wimbledon and Lancashire.

Recently, she performed Barbers’ Knoxville: Summer of 1915 and Beethovens’ Egmont with Kingston Chamber Orchestra. She was shortlisted for the BBC’s Dame Kiri Te Kanawa Prize and had the privilege of taking part in her London master class.

Last year Jane completed a concert tour to South Africa with Anne Marshall performing 11 recitals in venues across the country including Johannesburg, Cape Town, Pretoria and Mossel Bay. She also led a master class for singers at Grahamstown University.

Saturday’s recital starts at 7.30pm. Tickets at £5 are available in advance from Fylde Travel in Poulton Market Place or on the door.