An Evening of Classical Music

Christine Harvey of Through the Looking Glass in Sudbury hosted an evening of classical music featuring the talented international classical guitarist Rossini Bartolotti-Hayward, with Bryan Evans MBE, musical director of Diva Opera, and Tereza Gevorgyan (soprano) and David Stephenson (baritone).


Rossini discovered his passion for the classical guitar whilst he was studying Engineering Science and decided music was his future.  In 2006, he was accepted with a Major Scholarship to the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama where he studied classical guitar.  He earned a Bachelor of Music in 2010 and won the John Mills Guitar Prize four years running.  He then obtained a place to study in Germany where he finished his Master of Music in 2012 graduating with the highest honours.  He has since played concerts all over the world and is a sought-after orchestral soloist.  In his spare time, he builds guitars.


Bryan Evans, MBE, trained as a concert pianist at The Royal College of Music and later specialised in piano accompaniment.  He has performed extensively as soloist and accompanist throughout the UK and Europe and has appeared on BBC Radios 3 and 4, Channel 4 television and the BBC World Service.  A leading exponent of accompanying chamber opera, he has play for over 3000 performances world-wide, including five performances in the Opera House at the Palace of Versailles. He was awarded an MBE for his services to music and opera in 1993.


Tereza Gevorgyan was born in Armenia and studied at the Royal Academy of Music and the National Opera Studio in London.  She was a finalist in the prestigious Ferrier Competition in 2015 and was the winner of the Rosenblatt Recital Prize and the Edith Mary Clarke Cup for best female singer (April 2014), winner of the Pavarotti Prize (October 2013) and winner of the Lez Azuriales Karaviotis Prize (August 2013).  She has performed in concert in Carnegie Hall and Chicago Symphony Hall with the world Orchestra for Peace.


David Stephenson was born in Aberdeen and studied at the Royal College of Music.  David has performed many roles including: Germont La Traviata (Opera New Zealand); title role in Macbeth (Scottish Opera); Escamillo Carmen Silvio Pagliacci (Welsh National Opera) to name just a few.


There were many STRA members at St Andrew’s Church for this event, together with supporters of the Diva Opera Christmas show, STRA’s annual charity event.


The guitar evening charity event raised money for Isabella, who has cerebral palsy and is the six-year-old daughter of Francesca a costumier who worked with Diva for many years.


Another beneficiary was the Sudbury in Bloom Project, coordinated by STRA Treasurer Mary Farrell.

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