Poulenc Voyages 

Sunday 3rd November 2019, 7.00pm

Britten Theatre, Royal College of Music

Chart the life and artistic development of Poulenc in this unique programme devised by Nick Sears, Head of Vocal and Opera, and staged by Professor Janis Kelly.

Hear RCM singers and pianists collaborate in the beautiful Britten Theatre before Janis Kelly performs Poulenc’s rarely staged monologue, La Dame de Monte Carlo, written just two years before the composer’s death in 1963.

Tickets are just £5 and selling fast: click here to book your seats. 

Song Plus: Britten and Foreign Tongues

Wednesday 4th December 2019, 6.15pm

Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall, Royal College of Music

A fantastic opportunity for fans of Britten to come together to celebrate the English composer’s renowned choral and vocal output and hear some of his most beautiful works performed in their original language.

Programme highlights include settings of Pushkin’s The Poet’s Echo (excerpts of which Katy will be singing) Michelangelo’s Sonnets and selected French folk songs.

Tickets are free but required: more information here. 

Slaithwaite Philharmonic Orchestra 

Soprano soloist – China Tour

26th December 2019 – 8th January 2020

Saturday 28th March 2020

Soprano soloist – Cadogan Hall – 7.30pm

Soprano soloist with the Thames Philharmonic Choir, conducted by Harry Bradford.

Beethoven – Mass in C

Mozart – Solemn Vespers KV339



Other recent events

Lancaster Priory Festival of Song

Celebrating Women’s Voices


Wednesday 11th September 2019 – 2pm 

Vocal Masterclass with Katy Thomson and Ingrid Sawers

Three of the Priory’s junior choral scholars will work with Katy and Ingrid on interpretation and developing their sound, then give a short informal concert in the rush-hour recital slot at 5.15pm. A fascinating insight into the intricacies of helping young singers to develop their own artistry. Click here for more information.


Wednesday 11th September – 7.30pm

Making a Musical Matriarchy – a panel discussion

MMMThis panel discussion will bring together a vibrant group of charismatic and powerful women to explore the issues facing today’s classical music world and what we can do to over-come those challenges. We will investigate gender issues surrounding church music and education; we will raise awareness of female composers massively under-represented in today’s repertoire; we will shine a light on the diversity issues facing arts organisations and disentangle some of the myths surrounding the topic of ‘women in music’, all with a good dose of common sense. The discussion will be followed by a candlelit vocal recital from Eleanor Penfold, and the interval gin bar is being provided by The Butcher and Tonic.

The Revd Dr Rebecca Aechtner – Chair

Fay Jennett (Producer & Diversity Ambassador)

Dr. Katy Cooper (Musicologist, Conductor and Director of Music, Glasgow University Chapel). @K8yCoo

Edwina Wolstencroft (Editor, BBC Radio 3) @loveradio3

Katy Thomson (Soprano, Royal College of Music) @scottish_katy

Thursday 12th September 2019 – 8.00pm 

Femmes Fatales

Katy Thomson and Ingrid Sawers in recital

Femmes FatalesInspired by Katy’s research for the Women in Music initiative at the Royal College of Music, this programme features strong female protagonists (in the poetry as well as on stage!), providing a platform for composers whose life and works are often overlooked. Ingrid and Katy present a recital packed with hidden gems, including works by both Lili and Nadia Boulanger, Rebecca Clarke, Clara Schumann, and many more. Femmes Fatales:a recital of fireworks, femininity and force. Not to be missed!

Saturday 14th September 2019 – 7.30pm 

Festival Voices – Magnificat

In this festival finale, they celebrate the Song of Mary, the Magnificat. The first half of the programme comprises settings from English composers such as Gibbons, Purcell, Noble, and Howells, which will be familiar to members of our regular evensong congregation here at the Priory. In the second half, Oliver Tarney’s acclaimed extended Magnificat for choir, orchestra and soloists will be performed.

Katy Thomson (Soprano) | Sarah Jillian Cox (Mezzo-Soprano)
Christopher Steele (Tenor) | Charlie Murray (Baritone)
Lancaster Priory Choirs and Festival Orchestra | Don Gillthorpe (Director of Music)