Kathleen Ferrier

Sun 3rd Feb 2019 2.15pm: CAMILLA SABA DAVIES (soprano) and JACOBO OCHOA PIEDRAHITA (baritone) with DUNCAN GLENDAY (piano)

Recital by the 2017 Kathleen Ferrier Society Bursary Prize-winners

Camilla Saba Davies (soprano) and Jacobo Ochoa Piedrahita (baritone)

with Duncan Glenday (piano)

Programme to include:

Schubert Sonatina G
Beethoven Sonata op 96
Brahms Scherzo
Dvorak Songs My Mother Taught Me
Brahms Hungarian Dances (selection)


Camilla Saba Davie started her singing life as part of the onstage children’s chorus at the Royal Opera House and English National Opera. Since then, she has given many performances in and around Tokyo and London, as a recitalist and soloist with the Tokyo Embassy Choir and the Tokyo Chamber Singers. Camilla has performed as a soloist with the CBSO and sings for the Philharmonia Chorus Student Scheme.

In October 2017, Camilla took First Place at the Kathleen Ferrier Society Bursary for Young Singers. In July 2016, she was awarded First Prize and the Audience Award at the Alida Vane International Singing Competition in Latvia. She also holds an Entrance Scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music, where she studies with Nuccia Focile and James Baillieu. Camilla’s operatic engagements include the title role in Flotow’s Martha, Adina in L’Elisir d’Amore, Madame Herz in Der Schauspieldirektor, and The Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute. As well as opera, Camilla enjoys performing song, and last month she gave a performance of Berlioz’s Les Nuits d’Été with orchestra in Paddington. Camilla is very excited to be giving a recital at the Uppermill Summer Music Festival 2018.


Colombian Baritone Jacobo Ochoa Piedrahita, currently studying at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Professor Rudolf Piernay, has performed roles including ´Morales´in Carmen by Bizet, ´Schaunard´ in La Boheme by Puccini, ´Fiorello´ in the barber of Seville by Rossini, and ´Miguel´ in The Mysterious Castell by Ponce de Leon in a world premiere in 2014. Other appearances with the main orchestras in Colombian include Beethoven 9th Symphony, the Mozart and Duruflé Requiems, as well as his participation in the concert for the Colombian National day at the Colombian Embassy in London. Jacobo has been awarded the First prize in the Colombian National Singing competition obtaining a scholarship to study in Barcelona for one year. Two years later he won second prize in the Logroño international singing competition in Spain.

After joining Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 2016 he was awarded the Second prize in the Kathleen Ferrier Bursary for young singers which took place in Blackburn.  He continues working intensely with Prof. Piernay for the future commitments including L’elisir D’amore by Donizetti in the role of Belcore and an understudy In the Enchanted Island in the role of Caliban with the British Youth Opera.

photo of Duncan Glenday
British pianist Duncan Glenday enjoys a busy and varied performing career as a recitalist, concerto soloist, chamber musician and teacher. Since completing his studies at the Royal Northern College of Music, he has performed extensively throughout the UK and has appeared at venues such as St James’ Piccadilly, London, the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, the Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford, and the Lowry, Salford Quays.

For over 20 years he has given solo and duo recitals for music societies around the country, whilst in 2010 he gave a solo recital for the inaugural Geneva International Academy and Festival. He has also performed over 20 concertos, including mainstream works by Mozart, Beethoven, Grieg, Liszt, Brahms and Rachmaninov with orchestras such as the Northern Chamber Orchestra and Amadeus Orchestra, plus works by Dohnanyi, Copland and Henze with the RNCM Symphony Orchestra.

In addition to his active solo career, Duncan is also in great demand as an accompanist and chamber musician, with collaborations recently taking him to the International Lake District Summer Music Festival and the Buxton, Ryedale and Isle of Wight Festivals.

Born in Oldham and educated at the Hulme Grammar School for Boys, he continued his musical studies at the Royal Northern College of Music with Renna Kellaway and John Gough, where he followed the joint degree course with Manchester University, graduating with a first-class honours degree and Diplomas in professional performance. Duncan is currently a tutor of piano at Manchester University, Chetham’s School of Music and at the RNCM Junior Department. He is also the Artistic Director of Leigh Music Society and the Uppermill Summer Music Festival.