Siobhan Mooney appeared as the Opera Singer in the experimental opera, "View from Behind the Futuristic Rose Trellis" by Ravioli Me Away, a European tour will follow in 2020. She will be appearing in Darren Berry's opera "The Crocodile of Old Kang Pow" summer 2020 and is currently in the process of writing an experimental song cycle, based around her poetry, with acclaimed band, Gentle Stranger.
Veronika Rettich gained her Master of Music in Performance at the London College of Music in 2018. She sang in the widely reviewed production of Samson and Delilah at Grimeborn Opera Festival 2017. This year, she performed in ‚Wonder Reels:Vindicatrix+Wild at Heart’ at the Cinema Museum, created an art performance for ‚The Ides of March’ and sang Penelope in Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria at the ‚Arte Lirica Festival Asolo’ in August.
Ingunn Gyda Hrafnkelsdóttir appeared in the premiere of Aurora by Noah Mosley at Bury Court in February 2019 which was revived for the Grimeborn Opera Festival in August. This autumn she covered the role of Annina in a concert performance of La traviata for the Teddington Society and sang chorus in Instant Opera’s production of La bohème.
Julie Aherne is a British/Irish pianist, coach and music director. She studied at Royal Holloway, University of London, with James Kirby, and later with Matthew Stanley.
She works as a pianist and coach for Melofonetica, an organisation whose research-based method helps singers achieve better pronunciation, musicality and expression in Italian opera and song. She is a co-founder of The Black Cat Opera Company, with whom she has worked on productions of Don Giovanni, Carmen, Falstaff, Così fan tutte, and La Bohème as répétiteur and producer. In 2016, the company was invited to take their production of Così fan tutte to the Birgitta Festival, Tallinn, with Julie playing harpsichord continuo alongside the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra.
Julie is a keen advocate for community music-making. She directs Woking Ladies Choir, a thriving community group with a repertoire from Mozart to Dolly Parton, and is in demand as a choral rehearsal pianist. She regularly gives recitals alongside soprano Claudia Wood for Celebrating Age Wiltshire, and has recently enjoyed collaborating with the pioneering organisation Intergenerational Music Making.