Events/Cultural programme

Salon musical - the musicians

Please find below a short introduction to the musicians that the Alliance Française de Manchester will be welcoming for our concert on 11 March!

Charlotte, singer

Born in Plymouth in 1993, Charlotte Badham initiated her classical vocal training with Jeffery Lawton whilst studying for her A-Levels at Devonport High School for Girls. Charlotte is currently in her third year of the BMus undergraduate programme at the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM), where she continues her studies with Ann Taylor.
During her time at the RNCM Charlotte has appeared in the college’s Opera Gala concerts and the chorus of Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore. Charlotte’s choral performances include Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Academy of Ancient Music (The Barbican, London); Tippett’s A Child of Our Time (Bridgewater Hall, Manchester), and the Ukrainian Divine Liturgy with The Bulava Chorus (Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris), conducted by international opera singer, Pavlo Hunka. Charlotte’s most recent engagements include her debut operatic role as Hippolyta in the RNCM production of Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, conducted by Andrew Greenwood, and Willie in RNCM’s production of Street Scene, conducted by Clark Rundell.

Lisa, violonist

Lisa started learning the violin aged 7 in the local school of Music of Vence in the south of France with Sylvie Gaglio. She entered Nice Conservatoire five years later and obtained her Diplôme D’Etudes Musicales with Honours in 2011.
Lisa has been a keen chamber music musician since 2008, after a chamber music tour in Israel. She has played in various ensembles from duo sonata to string sextet since,and organizes chamber music concerts as often as possible, in France and in England. She has participated in a number of chamber music summer courses such as Pablo Casals Academy (2014 and 2015) and Musique à Flaine (2015), where she has received training from renowned teachers and performers (e.g. Artis Quartet, Talich Quartet, Fine Arts Quartet, and Members of the Ysaÿe Quartet).
Lisa has been at the RNCM since September 2012 under the tutelage of Gina McCormack, and has had masterclasses with Renaud Capuçon, Leland Chen, Veronika Eberle, Henning Kraggerud and Yair Kless.|

Lee Jae, pianist

Lee Jae Phang is currently in his first year as a student on the Master of Music in Performance programme at the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM). He is a student of Graham Scott and a recipient of The Helen Mackaness Award. Previously, while studying for his Bachelor of Music (Honours), he was a beneficiary of the Waverley Fund and the F W Wright Scholarship Fund. Lee Jae graduated with a First Class Honours in July and was awarded the Hilda Anderson Dean Award.
Since his arrival at the RNCM, Lee Jae has been very active within college. Most recently in November, he won the annual RNCM Helen Porthouse Paganini Prize with violinist Oliver Baily. Last March, Lee Jae was announced as one of the winners of last year’s RNCM Concerto Auditions and performed as a soloist with the RNCM Chamber Orchestra in December. In his first year as an undergraduate, Lee Jae also won the RNCM’s Mark Ray Prize and has performed at several Monday Lunchtime Recitals and festivals during his time at the RNCM.
Furthermore, Lee Jae appears frequently as a soloist and as part of his piano trio (Trio Lazuli) outside college. In 2014, Lee Jae appeared twice as a soloist, performing concertos with the Burnley Orchestra in April and in August, with the Alicante University Symphonic Orchestra as part of Music Fest Perugia, Italy.

Sid, pianist

Born in India, Sid Ramchander grew up in Bahrain where he learned to play the piano. He made his first concert appearance at age 13 with the Belarusian Youth Orchestra at the National Cultural Festival with Bach’s Keyboard Concerto in D minor. Later, he went on to win the Young Musician of the Gulf Competition. Further performances with Orchestra while in his teens included Mozart Concertos no. 21 and no. 23 and The Carnival of the Animals by Saint-Saëns. While pursuing his A-levels, Sid enrolled at the Royal Conservatoire of Brussels to study with Aleksandar Madžar. During this time, he also received coaching from distinguished pedagogues such as Karl-Heinz Kämmerling and Andrzej Jasiński. He is currently pursuing a Master’s of Performance at the RNCM with Richard Ormrod. Sid has performed as a soloist in France, Italy, Belgium, Bahrain and Kuwait.

Adele, violoncelliste

Adele Xiang is currently a student of Hannah Roberts at the Royal Northern College of Music. She is an international ABRSM Scholar studying on a full scholarship.
Adele was born in Melbourne, Australia and started learning the cello when she was 6, studying with Nelson Cooke. In 2010, she was accepted as a student at the Chetham’s School of Music and continued her studies there with Nicholas Jones.
Adele performs regularly in the UK and abroad, both as a soloist and as a chamber musician. Concerto performances include Shostakovich’s first cello concerto with the Maroondah Symphony, Rococo Variations with Preston Symphony Orchestra and the Queensland Youth Orchestra . Adele is the recipient of the The Raphael Sommer Music Scholarship Trust Award (2014).
She has had the privilege of playing in masterclasses with Miklos Perenyi, Frans Helmerson, Ralph Kirshbaum, Gary Hoffman, Jian Wang, Jens Peter Maintz and Natalie Clein. She has also taken chamber masterclasses with the Sitkovesky Trio, Pavel Fischer, Jeremy Young, Petr Prause, Christoph Richter and Markus Fleck from the Casals Quartet.

Angela, violoncellist

Angela started to play cello at the age of 8 at the Joaquin Turina conservatoire in Madrid. Un-der the tuition of Francisca Oliver Navarro, she began her orchestral and chamber music training. While still at the conservatoire, she had the opportunity to explore a wide range of styles taking part in different orchestra’s formations and chamber music ensembles. She also received advice from Asier Polo, Xabier Gagnepain and Paul Friedhoff .As a soloist, she per-formed in 2008 Vivaldi’s double cello concerto in La Casa De Valencia Theatre with the conservatoire orchestra and in 2011 she obtained the final prize to support her ongoing stud-ies.
In 2012 she moved to Manchester to continue her studies at the Royal Northern College of Music where she currently learns with Eduardo Vassallo (cello section leader of the CBSO) and has received advice from Karine Georgian ,Miklos Perenyi, Johannes Moser and Re-becca Gilliver . As a keen chamber music musician, she is a founding member of the Lazuli Piano Trio formed in September 2012. Since then, the trio has given numerous recitals as part of the college external list of events and participated in several masterclasses with acclaimed musicians such as Frans Helmmerson, Kathryn Stott , Guarneri Trio Prague and members of the Sitkovesky Trio. The trio also collaborates with Master musicians giving recitals in dif-ferent venues. In 2014 they were finalists at the RNCM Weil prize and in june 2015 they were awarded the musicales prize.
Moreover, she has participated in several of the college projects from leading opera Donizetti production L’elisir d’amore, playing at the Bridgewater Hall Tippet’s: A child of our time. Last March she had the opportunity to be coached by members from the orchestra St.Martin in the fields as part of the platform project the RNCM offers to the students.