April 26th 2014 Concert £7 (£9)
Jacquelyn Fugelle ~ soprano
Emma Alexander ~ clarinet
Chris Coote ~ piano
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Songs from Les Nuits d'Ete Berlioz
Seven Variations Op 33 (clarinet) Weber
The Shepherd on the Rock (soprano/clarinet) Schubert
After You, Mr Gershwin (clarinet) Kovacs
Csardas (clarinet) Monte
Songs by: Gershwin
Cole Porter
Richard Rogers

Jacquelyn Fugelle is one of the most versatile sopranos of her generation performing in opera, operetta, oratorio and recital. Whilst studying at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama she was a prize winner in the Kathleen Ferrier Memorial Competition and was given a prestigious Royal Society of Arts Decca Prize which enabled her to complete her studies in Rome and Vienna. She gave her debut at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden as Arbate in Mozart's 'Mitridate' to wide critical acclaim. She was invited to perform this role at the Teatro Regio, Turin and later returned to the Royal Opera House to undertake such roles as Falcon in Die Frau Ohne Schatten (Bernard Haitink). She has also worked with Kent Opera, English National Opera, Scottish Opera and for the Carl Rosa Opera Company. Roles include Countess (Marriage of Figaro), Electra (Idomineo), Mimi (La Boheme), Rosalinde (Fledermaus) and Turandot. Oratorio performances include Elijah at St Paul's Cathedral conducted by Kurt Masur and over forty concerts at the Royal Festival Hall and Queen Elizabeth Hall including Haydn's Creation and Brahms' Requiem. She has performed in virtually every country in Europe including Bach's B Minor Mass in St Mark's, Venice and Handel's Solomon at the Meistersingers Hall, Nuremburg. Further afield Jacquelyn has performed in Canada and South America. Recitals include Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room and LSO St Luke's and BBC Radio 3 with Roger Vignoles and Clifford Benson and Schubert's Shepherd on the Rock with John York and clarinettist Anthony Pay. Jacquelyn Fugelle has been guest soloist with the BBC Concert Orchestra in over sixty concerts both on tour and on Radio 2s 'Friday Night is Music Night'. Recordings include Annina (Traviata) for Decca with Sutherland and Pavarotti. Italian songs of Bottesini for ASV/Naxos , Mitridate (CD, DVD , and 'A Night at the Opera' (Mr Pickwick). Jacquelyn teaches singing privately and gives regular workshops and masterclasses, and is a tutor at the Ardingly International Music School.

At an early age Emma Alexander won a scholarship to study at the Purcell School. Continuing on to the Royal College of Music, she won a scholarship to study at the Aspen Music Festival America. She then furthered her studies with Thea King and Gervase de Peyer. Her postgraduate studies of Mozart were with Jack Brymer. She toured as soloist with the English Mozart Ensemble with whom she released a recording of Mozart. Emma has been guest soloist with the London Baroque Ensemble and with the Fisarchi Ensemble in Florence with whom she recorded a second CD after touring Austria. Recent engagements include recitals in Belgium with pianist Dmytro Sukhovienko and the world premiere of The Alice Suite, Curiouser & Curiouser by David J Reading for the Hyde Festival.

Chris Coote started playing the piano at the age of four, and performing from the age of eleven, mainly to captive audiences in old people's homes. He has attended master classes for many years at Morley College under Martino Tirimo and Gwenneth Pryor, and was taught by Jean Anderson and Fiona Cameron, both retired professors from the Royal Academy of Music. Never having taken a piano exam previously, he decided to prove to his three musical children that he could play by gaining a performance LTCL in 2005. He performs as a soloist and accompanist at local concerts and accompanies services at Chichester Baptist Church.