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Sophie Junker singing on stage

01 April 2011

Silk Street Award Recital introduces nominee for 2011/12

Sophie Junker and Kathryn McAdam perform song recital in April

The Silk Street Award was inaugurated in 2000. Each year the generous support of a large number of individuals enables a remarkable singer to take up their place or continue their postgraduate studies at the Guildhall School.

The cost of one year’s postgraduate study on the Opera Course from September 2011 will be £8,700 and it is our aim to cover this with the Silk Street Award 2011/12. The current recipient of the Silk Street Award is Sophie Junker and the nominee for the Award for the academic year 2011/12 is Kathryn McAdam.

We would be delighted if you would like to attend the Silk Street Award Recital, where you can hear both Sophie and Kathryn perform and will have the opportunity to meet them both in person over a glass of wine at the post-recital reception. If you would like to attend the Silk Street Award Recital and/or make a donation in support of Kathryn’s studies next year, please download and complete the donation form (Word doc, 390Kb) and return it to: Development Office, Guildhall School of Music & Drama, Silk Street, Barbican, London EC2Y 8DT.

For further information please contact Oliwer Kmiecik.

Sophie Junker soprano
Kathryn McAdam mezzo soprano

Craig White, Patrick Leresche piano

Vivaldi Laudamus te from Gloria
Mozart Chi sa? Chi sa?
Schubert Die Junge Nonne
Britten Cradle song for Eleanor
Poulenc Non; monsieur mon mari! from Mamelles de Tirésias
Mozart Ah perdona al primo affetto from Clemenza di Tito
Handel Vani sono i lamenti... Svegliatevi nel core from Giulio Cesare
Barber Sure on this shining night
Mahler Ging heut Morgen übers Feld
Saint-Saëns Mon Coeur s'ouvre à ta voix from Samson et Dalila
Bizet Seguidilla from Carmen
Humperdinck Evening prayer from Hansel and Gretel


Sophie Junker is the recent winner of the first prize at the 2010 London Handel Festival Singing Competition. She holds Masters degrees with distinction from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and the IMEP (Institut Superieur de Musique et de Pedagogie) in Namur. She is currently enrolled on the Guildhall School’s opera course and is a student of Yvonne Kenny. 

The 25 year old Belgian’s stage repertoire is diverse and as well as the more conventional operatic roles of Susanna (The marriage of Figaro), Olympia (The tales of Hoffmann), Marcelline (Fidelio), Serpetta (La Finta Giardiniera), Despina (Così fan tutte),  Atalanta (Serse), Euridice (Orfeo), Adina (L’Elisir), Zdenka (Arabella) and Sophie (Werther) in scenes, she has also sung the role of Maria in Bernstein's West Side Story under the conductor David Miller. Recently she has taken part in the Guildhall School's production Albert Herring as Emmie, Almeida's Spinalba as Vespina and Poulenc's Dialogues des Carmelites as Soeur Constance. Forthcoming performances include title role in Rita, L'Amour in Orphée et Euridice for Nantes-Angers opera and a series of early music concerts in Spain.

She has been privileged to sing in many prestigious Belgian locations such as the Namur Royal Theatre, The Studio of “la Monnaie”, Louvain’s Aula Magna and many others. Her most recent performances include a part in Graham Johnson’s Vaughan Williams project, the Fairy Queen as part of the Barbican’s "City sings" concert, Coryphée from Gluck’s Alceste at the Cadogan Hall, a solo recital at the prestigious "Palais des Beaux-arts" in Brussels, a celebration of Schubert’s songs at the Barbican Centre, a recital of Schumann’s lieder for the Oxford Lieder Festival, and Bach’s cantata BWV 201 at King’s College Chapel, Cambridge.

Sophie has been fortunate to work with such accomplished artists as Claire Lefilliatre, Noelle Barker, Daniel Ottevaere, Edith Wiens, Emma Kirby, Martin Katz, Eugene Asti and Graham Johnson. Sophie is grateful for her support this year from the Silk Street Award, the Salters’ Company, the D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust and the Margery & Frederick Stephen Wright Eisinger Bursary.

Kathryn McAdam, mezzo-soprano, born and raised in Farnborough, Kent, graduated from the University of Sheffield with a 1st class honours degree in music in 2006. She joined the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in 2008 to commence her Masters in vocal studies, and is now in her first year of the Opera Course under the tuition of John Llewelyn Evans.

Kathryn recently sung the role of Olga Eugene Onegin Tchaikovsky at the 2010 Endellion Summer Festival in Cornwall along side Mark Padmore, Roderick Williams, Susan Bickley, and Katherine Broderick. Just prior to this, she understudied the role of Suzuki in Madame Butterfly, Puccini, for Grange Park Opera, and also formed part of the chorus for their production of L’amour des trois oranges by Prokofiev. During the summer of 2009, she sang as chorus in the 75th Glyndebourne Festival, and in 2007, as chorus for the 60th Aldeburgh Festival as well as the Bregenzer Festspiel in Austria.
Other operatic experience to date includes: Cherubino (Le nozze di Figaro for EMFEB), Carmen (Carmen), Octavian (Der Rosenkavalier), Rosina (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Meg (Falstaff), Charlotte (Werther), Beppe (L’amico Fritz), Tamerlano (Tamerlano), Nancy Martha (Guildhall School of Music & Drama opera scenes), Dorabella Così fan tutte (Sheffield University scenes), Public Opinion (Orpheus in the Underworld), Sorceress (Dido & Aeneas), Anne of Cleves in Dearly Beheaded by Jamie Brown, and Mrs Anna and Lady Thiang in The King & I at Buxton Opera House.

Kathryn gives regular recital, gala, and oratorio performances throughout the country having sung in venues such as: St John’s Smith Square, LSO St Luke’s, Freemasons’ Hall, the Wigmore Hall, Royal Albert Hall and the Barbican. In May 2010 she was a finalist in the AESS Patricia Routledge competition, and reached the semi-finals of the Royal Overseas League Competition in February. Kathryn was also a finalist in the newly established Guildhall Aria Competition, November 2009.

Kathryn is currently supported by the Worshipful Company of Weavers, the Amar-Franses & Foster-Jenkins Trust, the Music Students' Hostel Trust, and Serena Fenwick.