SWEET CHANCE  -  Cancelled due to Covid 19 lockdown

Sunday 12 September 4 pm
Warkworth Town Hall

Morag Atchisin - soprano
Catrin Johnsson - mezzo soprano
Serenity Thurlow - viola
Rachel Fuller - piano

WILKOMMEN & BIENVENUE: works from Germany & France
A selection of Sämtliche Lieder by Robert SCHUMANN, Clara SCHUMANN & WAGNER
BRAHMS | Zwei Gesänge (Mezzo, viola, piano)
FAURÉ | Two Duets, op 10 (Soprano, Mezzo, piano)
Reynaldo HAHN | A selection of songs including À Chloris
BERLIOZ | A selection of songs including La Spectre de la Rose
Charles Martin LOEFLER | Two songs from Four Poems, op 5 (Soprano, viola, piano)
POULENC | Novelette no.1 (piano solo)
Auguste Mathieu PANERSON | Sainte Cécile
FAURÉ | Pavane (Soprano, Mezzo, Piano)
Kurt WEILL | A selection of songs including Je ne t’aime pas, Schickelgrüber


Morag, Catrin, and Rachel all studied together at the Royal Academy of Music in London and have performed as soloists in NZ and internationally. Recital repertoire is at the heart of their music-making. From the sublime to the ridiculous, this vocal duo with piano aim to ensure that the art of the vocal recital is an integral part of 21st Century music. For this tour, they are delighted to collaborate with Christchurch-based violist Serenity Thurlow.

Morag Atchison is one of New Zealand’s leading sopranos. She studied at the University of Auckland and Royal Academy of Music (London), and was a finalist in the Kathleen Ferrier and Royal Over-Seas League Competitions. She has performed numerous operatic roles and concerts including Berta in The Barber of Seville ( NZ Opera, 2019 ) to great acclaim and concerts with many of New Zealand’s orchestras and choirs. In 2018 she joined Voices New Zealand on their European tour and was a soloist on the soundtrack for the major motion- picture Mortal Engines. Morag is Lecturer in Voice at the University of Auckland, and vocal tutor for some on New Zealand’s leading youth choirs. Her Doctorate in Musical Arts from the University of Auckland was the first DMA in vocal studies from a New Zealand university, and in 2019 she was elected as an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music.

Catrin Johnsson (mezzo-soprano - ARAM ) was born in Sweden and trained at the Royal College of Music, Stockholm and at the Royal Academy of Music, London. Awards include the prestigious Christina Nilsson Award. She has worked as a principal artist for companies such as English National Opera and Opera Holland Park and in 2016 Catrin made her debut for NZ Opera as Second Lady in their production of the The Magic Flute. In concert she has performed at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room and St John's, Smith Square in London. Catrin is a Performance Teacher in Voice and Stapecraft at the University of Auckland, is language and vocal coach for Voices NZ and the Auckland Chamber Choir. In 2017, Catrin was National Adjudicator for the IFAC Handa Australian Singing Competition. Catrin is also an accomplished organist who began her professional career at the age of 15 years.

Rachel Fuller (piano - ARAM) studied with Diedre Irons at the University of Canterbury then went on to gain her Masters in Piano Accompaniment from the Royal Academy of Music in London. Rachel lived in London for 18 years, working as a vocal accompanist, répétiteur and vocal coach with leading British opera companies including Diva Opera, Opera della Luna and London Opera Players at such prestigious venues as The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, at Opera Kristiansund and Opera Nordfjord in Norway. She has accompanied some of the world’s finest singers including tenors Keith Lewis and Simon O’NeiII and been a regular accompanist and coach for the Kiri Te Kanawa Foundation. Rachel is a Professional Teaching Fellow at the University of Auckland where she teaches collaborative piano, is a vocal coach and accompanist as well as being co-ordinator of piano. As a chamber musician she has collaborated with cellists Ramón Jaffé, Edith Salzmann as well as violinists Leo Phillips and APO concertmaster Andrew Beer.

Serenity Thurlow (viola)  Following studies at University of Canterbury and Victoria University, Serenity moved to Austria in 2006 to complete her Masters at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, where she studied with Peter Langpartner and Thomas Riebl. She was a prize-winner in the Lionel Tertis viola competition in Salzburg. While in Austria she was an active chamber and orchestral musician, performing across Europe and the USA with orchestras such as the Salzburg Chamber Soloists, Camerata Salzburg, Deutsche Kammerakadamie Neuss among numerous others. In 2010 she returned to Christchurch to take up the position of Principal Violist in the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra while occasionally returning to Europe to perform. In 2012 she was Principal Viola of the Aldeburgh World Orchestra, part of the Britten-Pears Festival, which subsequently toured Europe. In 2016 she premiered Chris Cree Brown's Viola Concerto for the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra.
Serenity plays a Derazey viola, Malo bow and Leahy bow with the generous support of Christopher Marshall.