Elouise Waterhouse is a mezzo-soprano from Liverpool in her third year as an undergraduate at Birmingham Conservatoire. She studies with Louise Crane and has performed many staged roles and scenes with great acclaim in recent public conservatoire opera productions. Her performance with Caroline of the duet from Donizetti “Lucia di Lammermoor” in last term’s opera scenes gave us the idea for this concert.
Caroline Modiba is a South African soprano. She studied with the Black Tie Ensemble opera company and the Cape Town Opera Studio, singing major roles in operas by Mozart, Donizetti, Verdi, Johann Strauss, Puccini and Gershwin, including European performances in Barcelona and Bordeaux, and is now a post-graduate student at Birmingham Conservatoire studying with Helen Field.
She won first prize in the annual ATKV Muziquanto national competition in South Africa, second prize in the recent Voices of the Nation competition, also in South Africa, and was a finalist in the Hans Gabor International Singing Competition in Amsterdam in 2015.
Vivien Chasey was a sixth form student in the specialist music department of Wells Cathedral School and then attended the Guildhall School of Music and Drama graduating with a distinction.
After a period of freelance playing in London, during which time she also taught violin at St Paul’s Girls’ School where composer Gustav Holst was (previously!) music director, Vivien moved to Manchester to take up a full time post with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra. In this role she benefitted from the rich learning experiences afforded by performance of a very wide range of orchestral repertoire, and musical collaboration with numerous world class conductors and soloists. She contributed to over 80 CD recordings, hundreds of radio broadcasts and many television appearances including Proms from the Royal Albert Hall.
As a chamber music player, Vivien has performed at many venues in the UK including the South Bank, London, and also in Canada and Seattle. After ten years with the BBC Philharmonic, she left the first violin section in order to spend more time with her daughters. She currently enjoys a varied musical diet of chamber music, teaching and a little orchestral playing, and is a home educator of her younger daughter. In 2012 she founded “Small is Beautiful – Music”, an organisation dedicated to sharing classical music in intimate contexts.