International soprano phenomenon Abigail Kelly is coming to the Cayman Islands to perform at two charity concerts.
The UK singer will perform at St. George’s Anglican Church, George Town, on Friday, 26 and Saturday, 27 October at 7.30pm.
She has sung in many major venues such as Birmingham Symphony Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall and has toured European venues with the British Youth Opera and the English National Opera. She also and sang in Mass Carib by Felix Cross as part of the Greenwich and Docklands Festival with Nitro theatre company.
In Julian Joseph’s Bridgetower with English Touring Opera she has sung the role of Mary Prince. Abigail was a featured artist during the Bollington Festival 2009 performing the role of Sara in Jonathan Dove’s Tobias and the Angel and the roles of Bess, Clara and Selena in a concert version of Porgy and Bess.
Amongst many awards Abigail has received the Black and African Caribbean Young Achiever for personal success and another from the Council of Black Led Churches in the category of educational achievement.
She was also awarded the silver medal from the Worshipful Company of Musicians and was nominated in the music category at the International Women of Excellence Awards 2008.
Abigail has a close relationship with the Diocese of Birmingham and has sung for Bishop John Sentamu on a number of occasions including the confirmation service of his election as Archbishop of York at St Mary-Le-Bow church in London and at the Walk of Witness service commemorating the 200th Abolition of the Slave Trade in London’s Kennington Park.
In July 2008 Abigail, whose parents are Jamaican, made her Jamaican debut performance at the Jamaican Military Museum and Library Classical Concert singing the West Indian cantata, A Dream Before Freedom. Abigail proved herself to be a gifted and adaptable performer when she appeared a several events in Birmingham this summer to celebrate the Jamaican Olympic team’s stay in the city before London 2012.
She also sang at the city’s five-day Jamaica in the Square celebrations in August to mark Jamaica’s 50th anniversary and also performed several moving spirituals at Birmingham’s first midnight service to mark Emancipation Day. Now a singer with the English Touring Opera, she says one of her career highlights has been singing with Opera South Africa. As well as classical pieces, she will be singing popular show songs and Jamaican folk songs that have been arranged specially for this concert.
She will be accompanied by Cayman musicians Fran McConvey (piano), Kate Allenger (violin), Sue Horrocks (flute) and Richard DeLacey (viola).
There will also be a special appearance from St. George’s Anglican Youth Choir.
Tickets are $25 presold and $30 at the door. For reservations call St. George’s Church Office 949-5583.