The Civic and Parish Church of Bournemouth

Lunchtime recital: Rachel Kerensa

Rachel Kerensa (soprano) presents a delightful eclectic mix of arias and song.

Programme to include:

Blute nür St Matthews Passion – J.S Bach

Du bist die ruh – Schubert

Vergebliches Ständchen – Brahms

Adieu notre petite table – Massenet

Do not go my love – Richard Hageman

so anch’io la virtù magica – Donizetti

Quando m’en vo – Puccini

I found my love for singing at an early age, some of my earliest memories are of being packed up into the car with all of my cousins and being taken to sing at nursing homes and hospitals. Moving up to Dorset from Cornwall at the age of 4, I found music was a way to still feel connected to my grandmother who first got me into singing. The name ‘Kerensa’ can mean love or love’s charity in Cornish and I felt there was no better word to describe my grandmother and the singing group that she formed with her friends to bring music to anyone who would listen. It is for this reason that I have taken it as a stage name so I can always have a little of my grandmother with me, where ever my life takes me. For the past 3 years I have performed with the Christchurch G&S society playing leads including Josephine in HMS Pinafore, Phyllis in Iolanthe and last year Mabel in The Pirates Of Penzance. I am also a member of the South Wessex Opera Chorus and have sung several solos at their concerts. I have recently started singing for weddings and other events, while continuing my operatic training with opera singer Olivia Whelan, my new website will be up soon.