Scottish smoked salmon blini, cream cheese & caviar
Rare breed pork rillette, with homemade bread
Summer crudités with a bloody mary dip
Herb crusted rack of lamb, fondant potatoes, char grilled vegetables
Single origin chocolate torte, Scottish raspberries and vanilla cream
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’s season plans include Britten Les Illuminations in Miami with Mark Wigglesworth, a return to Opéra de Paris for Andres in Berg’s Wozzeck for Opéra de Paris, Captain Pirzel in Die Soldaten for Teatro Reale, Steva Burya Jenůfa (Grange Park Opera), Tichon Kat’a Kabanova (OHP), and Nikita in From the House of the Dead for his Royal Opera House debut.
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.
Madeleine Shaw, Mezzo Soprano
Madeleine Shaw studied at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and at the National Opera Studio supported by English National Opera, she was subsequently on the young artist programme at ENO, for whom she has sung several roles over the recent seasons.
Madeleine has also appeared in principle roles at Covent Garden, Welsh National Opera, Opera North and on the concert platform has guested with Noseda, Sir Andrew Davis, Edward Gardner and has made regular appearances with the Hallé Orchestra and Sir Mark Elder.
Simon Lepper, Piano
Simon read music at King’s College, Cambridge. He is a professor of piano accompaniment and a vocal repertoire coach at the Royal College of Music, London where he also co-ordinates the piano accompaniment course.
He is an official accompanist for BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition Performance highlights have included an invitation from the Wigmore Hall, London to present a three concert project on the songs of Joseph Marx; a recital tour with Stéphane Degout which included the Ravinia and Edinburgh Festivals; his debut at Carnegie Hall, New York with mezzo Karen Cargill and at the Frick Collection with Christopher Purves; performances of the Schubert song cycles with Mark Padmore including at the Schubertiade, Hohenhems and recitals with Angelika Kirchschlager at La Monnaie, Brussels and at the Wigmore Hall where appearances have included recitals with Christopher Maltman, Elizabeth Watts, Stephan Loges, Sophie Bevan, Sally Matthews and Lawrence Zazzo.
Vocal recordings include 2 volumes of Debussy Songs and a Strauss disc with Gillian Keith, a disc of Mahler songs with Karen Cargill. Forthcoming releases include a song recital disc with Dame Felicity Palmer, Schubert Songs with Ilker Arcayürek and the complete songs of Jonathan Dove with Kitty Whately