Cheryl Brendish Soprano UK

Soprano Cheryl Brendish enjoys an active career as an operatic and concert performer.   Cheryl studied voice for many years and her operatic roles include Thirza The Wreckers, a role which had not been performed on stage for 100 years,  directed by David Sulkin; Suzuki Madame Butterfly; First Lady Magic Flute; Zerlina Don Giovanni; Dido in Dido & Aeneas and Lucretia Rape of Lucretia.  Cheryl was extremely fortunate to have a role in Paul Dayont's much acclaimed opera, The Hanging Oak based on a story by M. R James, specifically written for her which premiered in October 2009 in several church locations across the South West of England. Cheryl performed Angelina Trial By Jury with Duchy Opera in Cornwall , a role she previously performed at the Covent Garden Opera Festival.  Additional credits include Cherubino Marriage of Figaro; Mrs Page Merry Wives of Windsor; Governess Turn of the Screw and the role of Mrs Noye Noye’s Fludde performed in Truro Cathedral with 500 schoolchildren in 2005.  Cheryl also performed a number of feature mezzo-soprano and soprano roles as a student at Trinity College of Music, London including Siébel Faust; Carmen Carmen; Josephine HMS Pinafore and 2nd Medium The Poisoned Kiss.  Cheryl also performed in Cameron Macintosh’s ‘World Tour of Carmen’ in Australasia in 1990.

Cheryl is also a successful concert artist.  In 1985 she performed Mozart’s Mass in C Minor with Sir Simon Rattle and the Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, and sang Mendelssohn's Elijah with Alan Opie in 2005.  Other concert repertoire highlights include the Verdi Requiem, Mozart Requiem, Handel Messiah, Bach Christmas Oratorio, Bach Magnificat, Elgar The Kingdom and Charpentier’s Te Deum.

Cheryl performed as the guest soloist for many years with the Mount Charles Band at The Minack Theatre for the 'Last Night of the Proms'.  Experience the exhilaration of this unique Proms set on the dramatic cliffs of Cornwall  ~ not to be missed by visitors or those lucky enough to live in the county.

Cheryl has been invited to attend many masterclasses with her first being in 1982 with John Carol-Case, followed by many others including Ingrid Surgenor (repetiteur for Welsh National Opera), Mollie Petrie (vocal coach for Welsh National Opera), Richard Jackson, Russell Smyth, Peter Harrison (singing teacher and author), Neil and Penny Jenkin at the AIMS Masterclass. and most reently with the world-renowned, John Treleaven.

A member of Cantamus from 1978 to 1983 under the Directorship of Pamela Cook, MBE, Cheryl studied in London before travelling to Australia and joining the Victoria State Opera, Melbourne.  Cheryl moved to Cornwall in 1997 and won the title of Cornwall’s Vocal Champion in 2000.  Cheryl performs many solo recitals both in and out of the county; along with Kay Deeming and Paul Drayton, Cheryl formed the trio 'Col Canto' in 2005.

"Cheryl came to the West Buckland Festival for the first time in September 2013
and with a group of national and international artists she
shone like the brightest star.

Her performances of Mozart's, 'Dove Sono', her beautiful singing of
Delibes, 'Les filles de Cadix' and her 'La ci darem' duet from Mozart's
Don Giovanni with baritone John Hobbs, were all exceptional and magical.

Cheryl's strong and beautiful voice brought her huge applause
and on top of that, her wonderful, happy personality
was extremely attractive.

She was the star of our evening of Popular Classical Music
and we shall ask her to sing with us again as soon as the
opportunity arises - in 2014!"

Paul Ellis
Director, West Buckland Festival

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