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Milly Forrest (soprano) and Joseph Ramadan (piano)

St Mary’s Church, Hay-on-Wye

Tickets: £12 (Students £6)

Please note:  time given for end of concert is approximate.

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In July 2017 Milly Forrest made the national headlines when, as a voice student and part time cloakroom attendant and usher at the Wigmore Hall, an aspiring singer's dream came true for her when she impressed the critics with her performance, having stepped in at short notice in place of an indisposed singer, at the last song recital of the Wigmore Hall season.  Hay Music is delighted to welcome her to Hay to perform this varied programme of songs and operatic arias. 


Songs from Germany:

Richard Strauss, Op29:  Drei Lieder:

Traum durch die Dammerung

Shlagende Herzen


Songs from Italy:

Rossini:  La Danza

Bellini:  Vaga luna

Bellini:  Ma rendi pur contento  

Opera arias:

Puccini: Quando m’en vo - La Boheme

Mozart: Se il padre perdei - Idomeneo

Handel: Mio Caro bene

Lewis Murphy and Laura Attridge:  Skin - Story of the Little Mermaid (2015)

Herbert Howells:  King David

Songs and Opera from England:

Britten:  How beautiful it is - Governess’ aria - The Turn of the Screw

Britten: Folk song arrangement:  The trees they grow so high

Herbert Howells:  King David

Frank Bridge:  Love went ariding

Vaughan Williams:  Orpheus with his lute

Gilbert and Sullivan:  The hours creep on apace - HMS Pinafore


After completing her undergraduate degree at the Royal Academy of Music under the tuition of Kathleen Livingstone, lyric soprano Milly Forrest is currently working towards her masters at the Royal College of Music where she studies with Alison Wells.  On the operatic stage Milly has sung the roles of Barbarina - Le Nozze di Figaro (Royal College Opera School), Miranda - The Enchanted Island (British Youth Opera), Susanna - Le Nozze di Figaro (London Young Sinfonia), Clorinda - La Cenerentola (London Young Sinfonia), Fiordiligi - Cosi fan tutte (London Young Sinfonia) and Amore - L’incoronazione di Poppea (Royal Academy Opera).  In opera scenes at the RAM and RCM Milly has worked on Adina - L’elisir d’amore (Donizetti), Ilia - Idomeneo (Mozart), Cricket Ghost - Pinocchio (Jonathan Dove), Rodelinda (Handel) and Nanetta - Falstaff (Verdi).

Highlights of the last year include working on the role of Miranda in Jeremy Sams’s ‘The Enchanted Island’ with British Youth Opera, winning the Brooks -van der Pump English song competition at the RCM, performing Exsultate Jubilate with the National Symphony Orchestra and playing the role of Barbarina in the RCM Opera School’s production of Le Nozze di Figaro directed by Sir Thomas Allen.  Milly regularly sings as a soloist with Nantwich Choral Society, Dartington Community Choir, Great Missenden Choral Society, Ipswich Choral Society and The Medici Choir.  In 2018 Milly also took part in a contemporary opera project at the RCM in partnership with Tête-à-tête Opera directed by Bill Bankes-Jones.  In July 2017, Milly was asked by John Gilhooly (director of the Wigmore Hall) to step in for the last song recital of the season ‘A serenade to Music’, accompanied by Graham Johnson and Eugene Asti.  She sang alongside Mary Bevan, Elizabeth Watts, Anna Huntley and many others and made the national headlines after impressing critics.  This summer Milly will be working for Garsington Opera Company on their Alvarez Young Artist programme.  In October Milly will be performing the role of Iris in the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra's production of Semele conducted by Yu Long and in 2020 she looks forward to covering the role of Barbarina in the ENO’s production of Le Nozze di Figaro.

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Joseph Ramadan began his music studies as a chorister at Chapel Royal St James Palace.  After graduating from Durham University, Jo studied as a postgraduate pianist at the Royal College of Music studying with John Blakely and Roger Vignoles.  He received major awards from both the Musicians Benevolent Fund and the Neuby Trust.  He has been accompanist for many masterclasses including those of James Bowman, Michael Chance, Sarah Connolly, David Daniels, Anne Evans, Gerald Finley, Kiri Te Kanawa, Angelika Kirchschlager, Graham Johnson, Petra Lang, Jonathan Lemalu, Malcolm Martineau, Ann Murray, Simon Keenlyside, Amanda Roocroft, Brindley Sheratt, Robert Tear, Roger Vignoles, Sarah Walker, Roderick Williams and Lawrence Zazzo, as well as a Liszt masterclass with Leslie Howard.

Jo was Assistant Conductor and Chorus master for The British Youth opera tour to Anghiari with Southbank Sinfonia for performances of L’Elisir d’Amore.  He works regularly as principal Assistant Conductor and Repetiteur for Classical Opera Company with whom he has forged a strong relationship, Opera North and English Touring Opera.  Jo is also a Britten-Pears Young Artist and a Samling Scholar.  Recent performances include recitals with Amanda Roocroft and Cardiff singer of the world finalist John Pierce.  He was Conductor for Minotaur music in a double Bill of The Bear by Walton and l'Ocassione Fa il Ladro by Rossini and conducting Cosi Fan Tutte for Woodhouse opera.  Jo has also won the accompanist prize from Joanina Trust awards competition.

Future plans include recitals with Mary Bevan, Martha Jones, Joan Rodgers, Amanda Roocroft, Kitty Whately and Roderick Williams and is Assistant conductor for Handel’s Ariodante at the Drottningholm festival in Sweden this summer.  Jo is currently Director of Music at St Vedast Foster Lane as well as being on the staff as accompanist and repertoire coach at the Royal College of Music and Oxenfoord International Summer School and is a coach and course leader for Samling Academy.

Refreshments available during the interval

Later Event: April 10
Alice Earll (violin)