Brian Lancaster was born in London and was introduced to singing as a member of a local church choir. After moving North, his interest grew, and he was soon singing principal roles in the Savoy Operas with Heysham Parish Choral Society and St. Joseph’s AODS in Lancaster, a company for which he later directed. Musical shows, oratorios, operas and recitals followed and he is now in demand throughout the North West.
His operatic roles include Macbeth, Escamillo in Carmen. The Count in the Marriage of Figaro, Don Giovanni, Sparafulcile in Rigoletto, and many others for Preston Opera, Encore, Instant Opera and Cumbria Opera. He has performed in oratorios and concerts for many choral societies around the country. A favourite of the Lake District summer recitals, he is as equally at home with barbershop as Verdi.
Rowena Thornton was born in Leeds into a musical family and has been singing since the age of four. Over the years she has taken part in a number of performances of a variety of styles and genres including opera, oratorio, Lieder and contemporary music, including premieres of new works. Rowena performs both as soloist and as a part of an ensemble, has also appeared in plays, and has been singing professionally since the age of seventeen.
She graduated in Music at the University of Birmingham, during which time she was a member of the Birmingham University Singers; then completed her Masters in Performance at Leeds College of Music, where she performed a wide range of repertoire from Purcell to Cage and beyond. She has an intense love for, and a strong knowledge of music, and always strives to combine these to give the best performance she can. Rowena studies with Geraldine Cassidy.
Bethan Morgan-Williams (b.1992) grew up in mid-Wales playing folk music and accompanying local country dancing on the violin. At the age of nine she gained a scholarship to Wells Cathedral School, one of the five specialist music schools in Great Britain, and in 2010 she gained a scholarship to study both composition and violin at the Royal Northern College of Music, under Gary Carpenter and Lelend Chen.
Bethan is an inventive composer, who finds motivation through a simple urge to provide performers with new (and exciting) music. Despite the technical demands her music often makes on her players, it is imbued with a practicality and realism derived from her own considerable experience as a performing musician.
Bethan has written for some of the world’s leading musicians, including Alex Edmundson, Tony Boorer, Paul Silverthorne, Delia Stevens and Joe Atkins. And she has composed under numerous organisations, including the London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Ensemble 10/10, Piccadilly Symphony Orchestra, Vulgar Display, House of Bedlam and various ensembles at the RNCM.
Recent works include the Cross & the Albatross for bassoon & harpsichord, In Kenopsia for trombone & live electronics, and Coming ‘Round Again for the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Choir.
Lancashire County Council Chair and Escort, CC Janice Hanson and MTC John Hanson attended our 10th Anniversary New Year Viennese Concert on Sunday January 29th at the Platform in Morecambe. As a County Councillor, Janice has kindly supported the PCO for a number of years, through her local members grant use in the community. She also attends the concerts as a member of the community. The concert was attended by 333 members of the audience, 42 orchestral members and 14 Turning Point Theatre Arts dancers from Lancaster. We also had an international soprano soloist Raphaela Papadakis from London, who is a part of the Philip and Dorothy Green Young Concert Artists Scheme and Making Music.