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Absolute Classics presents Nicky Spence and Audrey Hyland

Theatre Royal, Dumfries


Absolute Classics presents Nicky Spence and Audrey Hyland Monday 6th August at 7.30pm(doors at 7.00pm) at Theatre Royal, Dumfries

Nicky Spence, Tenor | Audrey Hyland, Piano

Strauss: Zueignung

Fauré: Chanson d'amour, Mandoline, Lydia

Mozart: An Chloe

Hahn: A Chloris

Browne: To Gratiana Dancing and Singing

Holst: The Heart Worships

Britten: The Choirmaster's burial

Dove: Song IV

Dunhill: The Clothes of Heaven

Bridge: Love Went A-Riding


Hochländers Abschied, My heart's in the Hielands

Jemand, My heart is sair

Hochländisches Wiegenlied, Hee baloo, my sweet wee Donald

Niemand, I ha' a wife o' my ain

Dem roten roßlein gleicht mein lieb, My luve is like a red red rose

Arr. Britten: The Bonnie Earl o' Moray

Trad: The Coast of Northumberland

Arr. Liddell: Ye Banks and Braes

Buxton Orr Songs of a Childhood: Aince upon a day, Auld Mrs Murdy , One-Man Band, Munebrunt, Shy Geordie, The Boy in the Train


Nicky Spence, Tenor

Dumfries born, Nicky trained at the Guildhall School and the NOS and progressed to become one of the inaugural Harewood Artists at the ENO in 2011. On the opera stage, Nicky created the role of Brian in the world premiere of Nico Muhly's opera Two Boys at ENO, a role he reprised for his Metropolitan Opera debut in 2013.

Nicky was nominated by the International Opera Awards for Young Singer of the Year in 2015 and was also one of ten artists included in the Times Breakthrough Award at the South Bank Sky Arts Awards celebrating the best up and coming young British talent from across the Arts industry.

Audrey Hyland, Piano

Audrey studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, winning all the major awards for accompaniment and chamber music. She completed further study at the Banff Centre for the Arts in Canada, and at the Britten Pears School in Aldeburgh, where she became a staff accompanist and coach.

In 1999 Audrey joined the coaching staff at the Royal Academy of Music and enjoyed almost two decades of teaching there. She was awarded an honourary ARAM in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the opera department and was subsequently appointed Head of RAM's prestigious Song Circle in 2011. As a guest coach, she works for the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme, Royal Opera, Samling Foundation masterclasses, Solti repetiteur course in Italy, and regularly gives masterclasses in Denmark, Seoul and Canada.  She has also conducted performances of Cenerentola, Magic Flute, Cosi, Semele and L'Elisir for Jackdaws Music Education Trust and La Boheme for Vivo D'Arte. In September 2017 Audrey was delighted to return to the Royal College of Music, where she started her coaching career, to take up the position of Deputy Head of Vocal and Opera.

Tickets Full: £15.00* Under 26: FREE

Tickets available online from or directly from The Midsteeple Box Office 01387 253383

*tickets may be subject to booking fees

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