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In the 36th of a series of articles, David Bird from the Redbridge Music Society introduces mezzo-soprano Annabel Kennedy and pianist Daniel Peter Silcock, who will be performing in Wanstead this month

Two main aims of Redbridge Music Society, now in its 75th season, are to bring high-quality, live chamber recitals to the people of Redbridge and to support and promote young talented musicians. This month, Annabel Kennedy, accompanied by Daniel Peter Silcock, will give a recital with the theme A Sundial of Love, which will include works by Richard Strauss, Mahler, Brahms, Grieg, Vaughan Williams, Eric Coates and others.

Annabel Kennedy recently graduated from the Royal College of Music’s International Opera Studio as a Siow-Furniss Scholar. She is a Samling Artist, a Britten-Pears Young Artist for 2022–2023, a Making Music PDGYA Young Artist, a Glyndebourne Jerwood Young Artist for 2023 and a Garsington Alveraz Young Artist for 2024.

Annabel has already sung in many operas, including Die Zauberflöte, Hänsel und Gretel, Orpheus in the Underworld, Don Giovanni, Der Rosenkavalier, La Traviata and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Her concert highlights include a solo debut at London’s Cadogan and Wigmore Halls. Annabel’s many awards include first prizes in the Royal Over-Seas League music competition, the Ashburnham English Song Awards, the Dame Patricia Routledge National English Song Competition and second prize in the Maureen Lehane Vocal Awards Competition at Wigmore Hall.

Daniel Peter Silcock studied at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, where he was awarded MMus (distinction) and BMus (first-class) degrees in piano performance. Currently, he is a scholarship student at the Royal Academy of Music and is already recognised as a distinguished song accompanist.

Daniel has won a number of prizes for song accompaniment, including the Marjorie Thomas Art of Song Prize and the Major Van Someren-Godfrey Prize. He has also received the A Ramsay Calder Debussy Prize, second prize in the Roma International Piano Competition in 2019 and the Franz Schubert Institute UK prize. 

Daniel has performed in prestigious venues, such as the Wigmore Hall, Edinburgh’s Usher Hall, the Caird Hall in Dundee and St James’s Church, Piccadilly. This year, he returns to the Wigmore Hall with the Royal Academy of Music Song Circle, performing with tenor Samuel Stopford, and in January, took part in Renée Fleming’s SongStudio at Carnegie Hall.

Please come and support these very talented young musicians.

Annabel and Daniel will perform at Wanstead Library on 13 February from 8pm (tickets on the door; visitors: £12; members: £8). Call 07380 606 767. Redbridge Music Society is supported by Vision RCL and affiliated to Making Music.

Author: Editor