Half Moon presents:

Harry Kersley with Special Guests

Harry Kersley + Giordano Buondonno + Kirsty McLean

Half Moon - Putney, London

£15 Advance / £18 Door
Entry Requirements: 18+ after 7pm

A night of classical crossover with Harry Kersley and Special Guests Giordano Buondonno +Kirsty McLean.

They all have a love for opera, musical theatre and classical crossover and want to share it with you on a night you won't forget!

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"The Royal College of Music Gap Year Experience Program was where Harry Kersley, Tenor began his journey of Musical study. This was an opportunity only afforded to those who show exceptionally high levels of ability and potential to progress into a professional career as a musician. The Royal College of Music laid down the foundation of knowledge of classical musicianship.

Harry then attended Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, London and completed a Bachelor of Music in Performance. Harry continues his studies at Trinity Laban on the Postgraduate Artist Diploma as a Kathleen Creed Scholar 2021-2023 under vocal professor, Dr Robert Alderson. Opera performances include: Edgardo – Lucia di Lammermoor (Trinity Laban Postgraduate Opera Scenes 2022), Podesta – La Finta Giardiniera (Trinity Laban Postgraduate Opera Scenes 2022), The Duke – Rigoletto (Brent Opera, 2020), Tamino – Die Zauberflöte (Opera Kensington, 2019), Alfredo – La Traviata (Opera South East, 2019, Highly Commended accolade by NODA's South East Region.)

To develop as an emerging artist Harry was welcomed onto British Youth Opera’s: Serena Fenwick Program. It is a course designed for singers who show promise for a career in opera. The course involved a year’s worth of coaching with some of the opera industry’s most esteemed professionals including the highly celebrated conductor, Sir Mark Elder.

Outside of Harry’s opera career, Harry has a passion for the classical crossover and music theatre repertoire which has given him opportunities to sing at celebrated venues across the UK including 10 Downing Street, Annabels, The Savoy, The NED, The Natural History Museum and Alnwick Castle to name a few. A recent notable performance was a public concert celebrating the grand opening of Battersea Power Station in October 2022. Harry’s performance experience includes performing to VIP guests including The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, The Duchess of York and members of The Saudi and Bahrain royal family.

To add to his performance portfolio, Harry was also given the opportunity to be a judge on the BBC One Show: All Together Now alongside Spice Girl, Geri Horner. He is now represented by Andrew Harding Management for all future musical theatre and television contracts."

Born in La Spezia, Italy, in 1995, Giordano Buondonno graduated from Giacomo Puccini Conservatoire with Honors at the age of 22 receiving the highest mark in his class. During his time there he studied with Vincenzo Audino, Fabrizio Giovannelli and Folco Vichi in Florence.

He completed his Master's Degree as well as an Artist Diploma, both achieved with Distinction, at Trinity Laban Conservatoire in London under the guidance of Sergio De Simone and Deniz Gelenbe.

Giordano is a proud recipient of The Leverhulme Trust Scholarship, the Jaqueline Williams Scholarship and the Arthur Haynes Scholarship for his studies at Trinity Laban.

Soprano Kirsty McLean graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama Masters course with Distinction in 2020 where she studied with Sarah Pring. Kirsty graduated from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance with 1st class honours BMus degree in 2017. Supported by Draper's Hall and the Henry Wood Hall Trust, Kirsty is a Guildhall scholar and held a Baroness de Turkheim Scholarship. Kirsty is a 2020 Britten Pears Young Artist and is currently a young artist for the Wigmore Hall's french song programme with Dame Felicity Lott and François le Roux, set to make her Wigmore Hall debut in 2021. Kirsty is also a young artist for the Rosehill Theatre regularly performing there with pianist Anna TIlbrook.

Originally from the Lake District, Kirsty has won many awards in Cumbria including the George Nichols Young Musician of the Year, the Kenneth Hill Memorial Bursary, the Jim Noble Award and the Esther Croskery and Aprille C. Bonner Award. Whilst at Trinity Laban Kirsty studied with Linda Hirst and was a finalist in the Lillian Ash French Song and Elisabeth Schumann Lieder competitions and won 2nd place in the Roy Pleasance award. Most recently Kirsty was a finalist in the GSMD English song prize, and the recipient of the Audience Award in the Chartered Surveyors competition.

In February 2020 Kirsty covered the role of Jano in Jenůfa at The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, unfortunately due to Covid-19 the shows were unable to go ahead, but Kirsty had the immense privilege to take to the Royal Opera House stage during rehearsals and sing with the orchestra of the Royal Opera House, conducted by Vladimir Jurowski and singing alongside Soprano Asmik Grigorian.

To add to that, Kirsty performs regularly for the celebrated classical crossover group Ida!

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