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Recital for Research

On Tuesday 21 May 2019 we hosted a wonderful evening of springtime opera and song.

recital for research

Location: Spencer House, St James’s, London SW1A 1NR - view map
6pm for a champagne and canapé reception

Please join us for our second annual evening of spring time opera and song in aid of The Institute of Cancer Research.

There will once again be a very special programme featuring our illustrious cast of singers, which this year includes Christine Rice, Matthew Rose and Mary Bevan, all under the baton of Music Director, Will Vann.

Mary Bevan (soprano) enjoys huge success in baroque, classical, and contemporary repertoire, and appears regularly with leading orchestras and ensembles around the globe.

Christine Rice is one of the leading British mezzo sopranos of her generation. A regular performer at the major European opera houses, she has built a reputation both as a singing actress and a Handelian of the highest order.

Matthew Rose is one of the finest operatic basses of his time. Appearing at many of the world’s great opera houses, including the Royal Opera House, the Metropolitan Opera, the Opéra National de Paris, English National Opera, Deutsche Oper, and Glyndebourne.

You will spend the evening in the stunning surroundings of Spencer House, acclaimed for its architecture and elegant interiors. We will start with champagne and canapés before moving into the Great Room for the recital.

Afterwards, there will be drinks and canapés in the Dining Room and terrace overlooking the gardens and The Green Park. The event will finish at around 9pm.

To purchase tickets, or to make a donation if you are unable to attend, please follow the links below.

For more information please contact Sophie Pettifor at [email protected] or 020 7153 5369. 


Recital for Research Committee 2019

  • Gini Gabbertas MBE
  • Bridget Barker
  • Jennifer Bryant-Pearson
  • Johnny Langridge
  • William Vann

Gallery from our 2018 recital

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Louise Kemény at Recital for Research 2018 opera event Interior of Spencer House, hosting Recital for Research 2018 opera event
Group shot of performers at Recital for Research 2018 opera event
Virginia Gabbertas, Paul Workman and Hannah Joyce at Recital for Research 2018 opera event Matthew Rose, tenor, at Recital for Research opera event
Canopes and guests at Recital for Research 2018 opera event

Images clockwise from top-left: Soprano Louise Kemény; Interior of Spencer House; Group shot of performers; Virginia Gabbertas, Hannah Joyce and ICR CEO Paul Workman; Tenor Matthew Rose performing; Canapés and guests. Credit: ICR / ProfotoDesign.


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