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​​Valerie Watts (Soprano).​​
Valerie soprano,studied with Joseph Ward and Nicholas Powell of the RNCM and later in London with
Dame Eva Turner . London debut at the Riverside Studios. Valerie has sung many of the most demanding operatic roles, including Norma, Aida, Lady Macbeth, Tosca, Abigail, Leonora, Senta ,Carmen, Turandot ;and had the honour to be chosen to sing Turandot for Glasgow's Year of Culture celebration on the recommendation of Dame Eva Turner.
She joined Bayreuth Opera in Germany and performed in the Ring Cycle conducted by Daniel Barenboim, and in a film of Tannhauser, directed by Wolfgang Wagner. She has sung in France, America and the Canary Islands, and has given recitals for BBC Radio. Other solo engagements inlude a proms concert with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra in the presence of the Princess Royal and latterly, Prince Edward. Valerie participated in a Masterclass at Covent Garden with the accompanist Jennifer Partridge.
Solo work with orchestras include the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, RLPO, Manchester Mozart Orchestra and the London Sinfonia. She has taught at Edgehill University College, Southport College of Performing Arts, and Artsound School of Music Liverpool and was Russell Watson's first teacher.


David Gilbey (Bass-Baritone).
David was a finalist in Hughie Green's Forces Opportunity Knocks.
After professional advice from RNCM he was recommended to study with Colin Iverson. His "dark voice" has landed him roles in several operas including Sparafucile in Rigoletto with Una Voce Opera Company, High Priest of Baal with Preston Opera etc. He was asked to revive songs made famous by Paul Robeson including a request to sing 'Ol Man River' at St Georges Hall, Liverpool; being one of three men to do so; the others being Willard White and of course Paul Robeson himself. David later recorded Ol Man River and Deep River for the Paul Robeson Centennial Committee in California which is now being housed in the Schomburg Centre in New York. He has sung for the Queen of Ga (Ghana), and other noted dignitaries.

Roger Stephens(Piano)
Roger holds a Master of Music Degree from the University of Wales, where he studied composition and Musical Analysis with Alun Hoddicott and Richard Elfyn Jones. He has written music for a wide range of forces, and has won the Philip John Lord Composition Prize.
As a solo pianist and accompanist, he has over the past 25 years experience working with talented singers, choirs and instrumentalists, both in Britain and abroad. Roger is a fluent Russian speaker, which has led to opportunities to work with musicians in Moscow and St Petersburg. He has a particular interest in the interpretation of the music of Rachmaninov and Prokofiev.

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