Carol-Anne Grainger
Carol-Anne Grainger

Since completing her studies at the London College of Music, where she was awarded the Lloyd Webber Performance prize, and Trinity College of Music, Carol - Anne has enjoyed a wide variety of performance genres, from oratorio to musical theatre and outreach projects for the Council for Music in Hospitals.

Roles performed include, Amor (Coronation of Poppea), Barbarina (Marriage of Figaro), First Geni & Papagana (Magic Flute), Zerlina (Don Giovanni), Hansel (Hansel & Gretel) Tuptim (King & I), Young Sally (Follies), Florinda (Into the woods) Yum Yum (Mikado). Carol-Anne created the role of Lucie Drefus, in Drefus, by Bryan Kessleman for the London International Jewish Music Festival and performed excerpts from Bryan's Paddington Pollaky for the final showcase of the Flourish Composers' Competition for Opera up Close at the Kings Head Theatre.

Oratorio performances include, The Christmas Storey (Schutz), St John’s Passion (Bach), Requiem (Mozart) Maria Theresa Mass (Hayden), Messe Solennelle (Rossini) and in Terra Pax (Finzi).

As a professional chorister Carol-Anne has been a member of the John McCarthy Singers, Ambrosian opera Chorus, London Voices, Classical Productions, Thursford Christmas Spectacular, The G & S Company, and the Geoffrey Mitchell Singers for Opera Rara and deputised on numerous occasions at the West London Synagogue and the choir of Central Hall Westminster.

With Vocalissimo (formally Not Pavarotti) she has performed at various festivals including, Wandsworth Arts Festival, Mole Valley Arts Alive and the Lake District International Music Festival.

Carol-Anne's recital programme If Music be the Food of Love has been performed in London and the South East at venues including St Brides, Lauderdale House, Southwark Playhouse, The Bletchingley Centre, Mandeville Place Concerts and the Bosendorfer Concert Series.

Most recently Carol-Anne has devised a recital programme, A Celebration of Poets and Song which she has performed at various venues including the NPL Music Society, Westminster Central Music Library, The Axion Concert Series, St Mary's Battersea Winter Music Series and St Saviours' Church Eastbourne. This programme has recently been performed by Trio Cavatina ( soprano, piano and narrator).

Carol-Anne Grainger

Oratorio

Bach

B Minor Mass
Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben
St. John PassionPeasant Cantata
Wachet Auf, Ruft Uns Die Stimme

Carissimi

Jephtha

Finzi

In Terra Pax

Haydn

Maria Theresa Mass
St. Nicholas Mass
Harmonie Mass
Missa Brevis St. Johammis

Mendelssohn

Hear my Prayer

Maxwell Davies

O Magnum Mysterium

Shutz

Christmas Story

Beethoven

Mass in C
Choral Fantasia

Faure

Requium

Handel

O Praise the Lord (Chandos Anthem no. 9
Messiah

Mozart

Vespers
Requium Mass
Coronation Mass

Pergolesi

Magnificat

Rossini

Petite Messe Solemelle

Vivaldi

Gloria

Sample Recital Programme - If Music Be The Food of Love

Man, man is for a woman made
Music For a While
Purcell
Bel Piacere
Art Thou Troubled
Agrippina
Rodelinda
Handel
Das Veilchen
Un Moto Di Gioia
Mozart
Menuet & Trio
La Chevalresque
Sonata in B minor Haydn
Burgmüller
Widmung
Die Lotosblume
Er Ist's
Schuman
Interval Twenty Minutes
Ships of Arcady
Beloved
A Blackbird Singing
Head
Song Without Words
Andante Moderato From Pieces
Breves Opus 84
Mendelssohn
Fauré
Bailèro
L'aÏ dè Rotso
Breves Opus 84
Mendelssohn
Fauré
Could I Leave You?
Not a Day Goes By
Follies
Merrily We Roll Along
Sondheim
Surabaya Johnny
My Ship
Happy End
Lady in The Dark
Weill

If Music be the Food of Love is an hour and twenty minutes in length buy can be shortened to accommodate lunch time recitals, etc.

The following repetoire can be inserted as alternative items to the programme

In Uomini in Soldati Cosi Fan Tutti Mozart
La Promessa Rossini
Il Vecchioto Cercá Moglie Barber of Seville Rossini
The White Peace Bax
Sweet and Low Williamson
The Lamb and the Dove Armstrong-Gibbs
What Good Would the Moon Be? Street Scene Weill

Sample Recital Programme - A Celebration of Poets and Song

Featuring a programme based around famous, and not so famous poets rather than composers, including Shakespeare, Verlaine, Goethe, Ledwidge and Macleod, with musical settings from Thomas Morley to Benjamin Britten
Reading: Louise de Bernières: Love is a Temporary Madness
William Shakespeare Text: It was a lover and his lass
Thomas Morley
Reading: William Shakespeare: Sonnet XXIV
Roger Quilter
William Butler Yeats Text: Down by the Salley Gardens
Benjamin Britten
Reading: William Butler Yeats: When you are old
Ivor Gurney
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Text: Nur wer die Sehnsucht kennt
Reading: English translation of the text
Franz Schubert
Piotr Tschaikowsky
Robert Schumann
Intermezzo in B minor, op. 119 no.1: Brahms
Paul Verlaine Text: Mandoline
Reading: English translation of the text
Gabriel Faure
Claude Debussy
Reynaldo Hahn
Christina Rossetti Text: When a Mounting Skylark Sings
Skylark and Nightingale: John Ireland
Reading: Christina Rossetti: The Green Cornfield
The Lamb and the Dove: Cecil Armstrong Gibbs
Fiona Macleod Text: The Lonely Hunter
The White Peace: Arnold Bax
Reading: Fiona Macleod: The Lonely Hunter
Sheiling Song: Arnold Bax
To the Spring, op. 43 no. 6 Grieg
Francis Ledwidge Text: The Singer's Muse
A Black Bird Singing: Michael Head
Reading: Francis Ledwidge: The Singer's Muse
Beloved: Michael Head
Carol-Anne Grainger

Carol-Anne Grainger narrated the ballet, The Small House of Uncle Thomas, with great style...

The King & I. Surrey Mirror

I was struck by the effortless beauty of Carol-Anne Grainger's I Know that my Redeemer Liveth

The Messiah Croydon Advertiser

The range of her voice, from enormous power to soft delicacy suited well the varied moods of the music

Over The Rim of the Moon Surrey Mirror

Thank you Carol-Anne for such lovely music during the wedding service. Although we were signing the register while you were singing, we could hear your beautiful voice clearly...

Elizabeth & Michael Surrey Mirror

Carol-Anne and her accompanist have given us a real treat with an ambitious and well-conceived programme
ranging from Purcell, Handel and Mozart to theatre songs by Weil and Sondheim. You have made a lot of friends tonight

If Music be the Food of Love Peter Merry - Chairman, Friends of Bletchingley Centre

Thank you for your well thought-out performance which obviously the audience enjoyed and appreciated

If Music be the Food of Love St. Johns Church Caterham - John Parkes

Many thanks to you and John for coming yesterday and giving us your excellent recital. It was lovely to hear such a range of words and music, and a welcome change from our usual piano or instrumental repertoire. As you could tell, it was much appreciated by the audience.

A Celebration of Poets and Song NPL Music Society - Richard Rusby

Thank you so much for a wonderful recital last night, we really appreciate both you and Andrew giving up your time to come here and give such a lovely performance for our local residents

A Celebration of Poets and Song Westminster Central Library - Ruth Walters (Music & Cultural Services Manager)

Very entertaining and enjoyable, a different slant on composers and songs. Made me cry… incredibly beautiful, you are doing awesome things here as well.

Westminster Central Music Library Audience Comments

It was a pleasure to be there and to hear such a well chosen selection of songs delightfully performed.

St Pancras Church London Bryan Kesselman - Audience Member

Thank you for your fascinating concert. It has been very interesting hearing the comments from various audience members - they loved the mix of poetry and song and the opportunity of hearing different settings of the same lyric.

Iris Axon Concert Series Jane Schopf
Carol-Anne Grainger
Jesus Saviour St. Matthew Passion JS Bach Laudate Dominium - Vespers WA Mozart
Ave Maria C Gounod Regular Royal Queen Gilbert & Sullivan
L'eau de la Source J Canteloube Not a Day Goes By S Sondheim

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