Helen Charlston, Mezzo Soprano

A Lunchtime Recital

25 January 2023, 1.45pm Mayfield School Concert Hall £10 (Students in full-time education: Free) Book now

Helen Charlston, mezzo soprano

Sholto Kynoch, piano

On 25th January 2023, Mayfield School welcomes mezzo soprano Helen Charlston to give a lunchtime recital. Hailed as “a rather special mezzo” (Music Web International), Helen is increasingly in demand in the UK and abroad. She won first prize in the 2018 London Handel Singing Competition and was a finalist in the 2019 Grange Festival International Singing Competition, won the Ferrier Loveday Song Prize in the 2021 Kathleen Ferrier Awards and is a BBC New Generation Artist. Helen was a founder participant of the Rising Star of the Enlightenment programme, working alongside the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment; a member of Les Arts Florissants Young Artist Programme (Jardin des Voix) for 2021/22; and is a 2018 City Music Foundation Artist.

Helen is a regular performer of opera around the world, and is regularly heard on the concert platform with some of the UK’s most prominent collaborative pianists. In recent years she has performed at Oxford Lieder Festival, Leeds Lieder and the Ryedale Festival, as well as giving recitals at Wigmore Hall and the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. Helen’s growing discography includes two solo albums and others with Fretwork and the Academy of Ancient Music.

Sholto Kynoch is a sought-after pianist who specialises in song and chamber music. He is the founder and Artistic Director of the Oxford Lieder Festival, which won a prestigious Royal Philharmonic Society Award in 2015, cited for its ‘breadth, depth and audacity’ of programming. Recent recitals have taken him to Wigmore Hall, Heidelberger Frühling in Germany, the Zeist International Lied Festival in Holland, the LIFE Victoria festival and Palau de la Música in Barcelona, the Opéra de Lille, Kings Place in London, Piano Salon Christophori in Berlin and many other leading venues nationally and internationally. He has performed with singers including Benjamin Appl, Sophie Daneman, Robert Holl, James Gilchrist, Christoph Prégardien, Joan Rodgers, Kate Royal and Birgid Steinberger, amongst many others. Together with violinist Jonathan Stone and cellist Christian Elliott, Sholto is also the pianist of the Phoenix Piano Trio, praised for a ‘musical narrative of tremendous, involving depth’. In July 2018, Sholto was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music in the RAM Honours.


This event is jointly promoted by Mayfield School and The Mayfield Festival of Music and the Arts.


Car Parking is available at Mayfield School in the Lower Car Park (entrance off Tunbridge Wells Road near to the junction with Little Trodgers Lane).


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