Posted on 16/11/2010
Dame Felicity Lott, Sarah Fox and Susan Bullock
Three famous sopranos, Dame Felicity Lott, Susan Bullock and Sarah Fox joined forces for a special concert at Royal Holloway, University of London on 13 November to mark the Silver Jubilee of the merger of Bedford and Royal Holloway Colleges.
The sopranos – who are all alumnae of the College – performed duos and trios as well as solo numbers, and were accompanied by Royal Holloway’s Choir and Malcolm Martineau, one of the world’s leading accompanists. Guest at the event included former Principals Professor Norman Gowar and Professor Stephen Hill, six former Vice-Principals and a large contingent of notable alumni, such as Baroness Diana Warwick.
The Principal, Professor Paul Layzell, said: “I was delighted to welcome back to the College our three famous sopranos who represent three generations of alumnae. This special, celebratory evening was filled with extraordinary performances.”
He added: “This year we are celebrating the Silver Jubilee of the merger of the Royal Holloway and Bedford Colleges which were pioneering institutions in the movement for women’s higher education. Their legacy laid the foundations for what has become one of the top higher educational establishments in the country, a world leader in research, and renowned for the quality of its teaching.”
After the concert all three sopranos spoke of their great fondness for the College. Susan Bullock, a renowned Wagnerian singer, had flown in specially from Germany where she was performing; Dame Felicity, a famous interpreter of French music, had just been awarded an Honorary Degree by the Sorbonne; and Sarah Fox's CD as soloist in Mahler's 4th Symphony with Sir Charles Mackerras had come out a few days earlier - she will perform the piece at the Royal Festival Hall next April.