Distinguished young singers feature in concert in St George’s

Wednesday April 16th 2008

William Dutton.Thirteen-year-old William Dutton, BBC Radio 2 Young Chorister of the Year 2006, and Adam Urosevic (15), ex-member of the Vienna Boys’ Choir and now a Music Scholar at Harrow School in London, will star in a concert at St George’s Church, High Street, Belfast, on April 26.

A chorister of St Mark’s Church, Harrogate, William Dutton has broadcast regularly for BBC Radio 2 and 4. He has sung with José Carreras in his Royal Albert Hall Christmas concert and in the BBC Proms as treble soloist in Fauré’s Requiem, and his recent engagements have included oratorio and opera performances in partnership with the UK’s leading soloists, orchestras, conductors and celebrities.

He has recently been signed by Universal Classics and Jazz as a member of the well-known group The Choirboys managed by Aled Jones; their début album was released before Christmas. William is also a violinist and studies with Raimonda Koko. He is a member of the National Children’s Orchestra.

In 2006 he was awarded a NCO-Leverhulme Trust Scholarship in recognition of his exceptional talent, and in the same year sang the part of Miles in Benjamin Britten's opera The Turn of the Screw for the National Reisopera of The Netherlands. His other hobbies include football and wildlife.

Adam Urosevic is no stranger to Northern Ireland, having sung at St George’s and in Armagh in an International Concert in February 2006 while still a boy soprano of the world-famous Vienna Boys’ Choir, and again in St George’s at Christmas 2007 just before his voice change.

He has had an illustrious career, performing as a soloist with the Choir across the world – in China, Korea, Japan, Australia, New Zealand and the USA, as well as in many European and Central Asian countries. He regularly sang in the Vienna Imperial Court Chapel, in the Vienna Musikverein, and in the Vienna State Opera as one of the Three Boys in Mozart’s Magic Flute.

He won the top music scholarship for voice and piano and the Senior Prize for Singing at the famous Harrow School in London, where he now gives concerts and has lessons with celebrated Scottish tenor Mark Wilde. Adam’s most recent achievement has been as soprano soloist on six of the thirteen tracks of the Vienna Boys' Choir's 2007 CD I am from Austria (Koch Universal 06025 1706568). He also plays the piano, flute and guitar.

The programme of the concert will include songs by Bach, Handel, Mozart, Schubert and some modern and contemporary composers.

Piano accompanists will be Mr Theo Saunders, Organist and Master of the Choristers at St Patrick’s Church of Ireland Cathedral, Armagh, and Professor Arthur Noble, UK and European Representative of the annual World Choral Festivals with the Vienna Boys’ Choir.

Master of Ceremonies will be Mr Stephen Beet, voice coach and author of the CD series The Better Land – Great Boy Sopranos of the 20th Century. Tickets (full £10, concession £7.50 and children £5) will be available at the door of the church, and refreshments will be served in the church hall afterwards. The concert begins at 7.30pm.

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