Former TVMS pupil Anna Huntley, who has made her mark around the world for opera singing, will return to her Teesside roots and perform a special homecoming recital at Stokesley Methodist Church on Sunday 10th November.
Originally from Yarm, Miss Huntley started off her musical journey in Tees Valley Youth Orchestra before leaving to study at the Royal Academy of Music and then the Royal College of Music International Opera School. Throughout her years of study she has earned several prestigious awards that kicked off her operatic career.
During her many years of working and living in London, Anna has performed in major venues across the capital city, such as Wigmore Hall. She also performed over seas in many parts of Europe.
Now residing in Berlin, Miss Huntley said she is looking for a chance to perform in her hometown again.
“I was very active in the musical life on Teesside when I was a student”, Huntley said speaking with Tees Valley Music Service. “I am so proud of my roots and the musical education I received there. If I can be a part of that in anyway with other young people now, I’d very much like to do that.
“I don’t often get the chance to sing back at home so it’s an honour and a real thrill. I love the chance to show family and friends and the region as a whole what I have been doing.”
A concert to remember
Huntley’s recital will explore ‘Women in Song’ and, accompanied by pianist Chris Glynn, will perform music from German composer Robert Schumann.
In an interview with The Northern Echo, Anna commented that the “programme is going to be an entertaining one. The first half will be Schumann’s recital which follows the tragic story of a woman who falls in love.
“The second half is much more light-hearted with music from Brazil, Portugal, Spain and Argentina. There will also be some old English folk songs thrown in which will be fun. There will be something in it for everybody.”
Watch Anna Huntley perform a piece by Kurt Weil in the video below:
Tickets are on sale now for her performance at Stokesley Methodist Church on Sunday 10th November at 7:15pm. Contact Julie Haigh on 01642 711618 for advanced tickets.
More information can be found on Teesside Music Society’s website.