Heather Buckmaster soprano
Joseph Buckmaster tenor
Tim Kennedy piano
St Mary's Creative Space, Chester
Tickets £7, payable at the door. Season Tickets for all five concerts are available: £20
Heather Buckmaster graduated from the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire with First Class Honours in 2013. In 2020 Heather completed her master’s degree in Music Therapy at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
Since leaving the Conservatoire Heather has played numerous operatic roles including Susanna in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, Adele in Strauss’ Die Fledermaus, Olympia in Offenbach’s the Tales of Hoffman, Tatyana in Tchaikovsky‘s Eugene Onegin, Micaela in Bizet‘s Carmen, Donna Elvira in Mozart‘s Don Giovanni and Gilda in Verdi‘s Rigoletto.
In August 2014, Heather sang with Co-Opera Co in London in The Cunning Little Vixen, playing the Frog and Frantik. In 2016 Heather had her debut role with Heritage Opera playing Zerlina in Mozart’s Don Giovanni and has performed with them as Despina in Mozart’s Così fan Tutte, 1st Lady in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance, Susanna in Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, Lola in Cavalleria Rusticana and Nedda in Pagliacci.
Heather has also performed with Flat Pack Music as Pamina in Mozart’s The Magic Flute, Fiordiligi in Mozart’s Così fan Tutte, Mimì in Puccini’s La Bohème and the Countess in Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro.
Heather has been the soprano soloist in choral works: Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Finzi’s In Terra Pax, Faure’s Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana, Schubert’s Mass in G, Mozart’s C Minor Mass, Haydn’s Creation and Bach Saint John Passion. She is also a regular concert and recital performer across the Country.
Lyric spinto tenor Joseph Buckmaster is equally at home on both the opera stage and concert platform. This summer Joseph returned to Opera Holland Park as Rodolfo in La Boheme after a successful Monsieur Triquet in their production of Eugene Onegin the previous year. Joseph has a close relationship with IF Opera and returns this summer as a guest artist in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. In 2021, Joseph made his debut with Grange Park Opera singing the role of Male 1 in the world premiere of The Life and Death of Alexander Litvinenko. Joseph has an on going relationship with Heritage Opera, roles with them have included Tamino (The Magic Flute), Ferrando (Cosi fan Tutte), Basilio and Don Curzio (The Marriage of Figaro) and he covered the role of Don José (Carmen).
Joseph studied at both the Royal Northern College of Music and the Royal Academy of Music. Whilst at the Royal Academy roles included Apollo (Semele) and Alméric (Iolanta). On the concert platform, performances include Handel’s Messiah, Judas Maccabaeus and The Foundling Hospital Anthem, Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle, Bach’s Christmas Oratorio and St John Passion, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Mozart’s Requiem, Ramirez’s Misa Criolla and Puccini’s Messa di Gloria.
Tim Kennedy started the piano when he was just five, and the violin a year later, as well as being a boy treble at St George's Chapel, Windsor. He now works as a freelance piano accompanist alongside his singing. He therefore particularly enjoys accompanying and coaching singers, and has been praised for his empathy with them. He is a staff repetiteur for the School of Vocal and Opera Studies at the Royal Northern College of music, working with a large number of promising young singers on a regular basis in lessons, classes, recitals and assessments. This comes after he spent two years training as the Junior Fellow in Vocal Accompaniment there, studying with the head of accompaniment, David Jones.