A welcome home for soprano with lute player and classics

Carolyn Sampson. 'Photo: Marco Borggeve
Carolyn Sampson. 'Photo: Marco Borggeve

A Bedford-born soprano is on stage at the next in the series of Music on Thursday concerts.

The event sees the welcome return of Carolyn Sampson, together with the brilliant lute-player Matthew Wadsworth, to the evening at the Bunyan Meeting, Mill Street, Bedford, on Thursday, January 15 at 7.45pm.

A former pupil of Dame Alice Harpur School, Carolyn has in recent years built a reputation for herself as one of the world’s most sought-after and popular sopranos, having appeared in concert and opera productions in Europe and the USA, as well as in the UK, including at the BBC Proms.

She is particularly admired for her performances of 17th and 18th century music, and together with her regular recital partner Matthew Wadsworth - who has also performed in Bedford on many occasions - she gives a concert of music by two of the finest song-composers not only of that period, but in the history of English music - John Dowland and Henry Purcell.

A spokeswoman for the series said: “Carolyn is one of the finest classical musicians Bedford has ever produced, and we know that there will be plenty of people in the town who will want to hear her.

The international career of the Bedford-born soprano continues to go from strength to strength, and we are delighted to welcome her back in the company of another of our old friends, lute-player Matthew Wadsworth.”

Tickets are £18 for adults, £16 concessions, £5 for students, £2 for children, available on the door or from 01234 718112.