Colette Boushell,

Musical Director

Graham Thorpe,

Accompanist

Colette was born in Dublin and is an honours graduate of the BMus and MMus programmes at the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama Dublin. She is also an alumnus of the International Opera School at the Royal College of Music, London where she studied under Lillian Watson. During her time as a student, she won many scholarships and awards from the Arts Council ofIreland and Help Musicians UK and graduated from the RCM with the McCulloch Prize for Opera. She currently studies with American soprano
Cynthia Jacoby-Deventer.
Colette is an experienced recitalist and performer, having sung much of the popular concert repertoire in many prestigious venues such as the RoyalAlbert Hall, Canterbury Cathedral, Händel Halle in Germany, Sancta Maria Cathedral, Mushashino Concert Hall and Opera City Concert Hall in Tokyo, Aichi Arts Center Nagoya and Izumi Concert Hall in Osaka and most recently, the National Palace of Culture in Sofia, Bulgaria. Her performances have also been broadcast live on RTÉ Lyric FM and on RTÉ television. Her operatic
repertoire includes the title role in Cunning Little Vixen, Sandrina (La Finta Giardiniera), Titania (Midsummer Night’s Dream), Tina (Flight), Gilda (Rigoletto), Berenice (L’occasione fa il Ladro), Pamina (Die Zauberflöte), and Musica/Proserpina (‘L’Orfeo). She made her German operatic debut singing Gilda for Opera Classica in Schloss Braunfels and also created the role of Mary Lovell in Oliver Rudland’s acclaimed opera Pincher Martin. In addition to her singing career, Colette is a singing and piano teacher at Emanuel School Battersea and Assistant to the Director of Music at St. Mary’s Church, Wimbledon

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Graham is a postgraduate organ student at the Royal College of Music in London. He is studying with David Graham, and is specialising in English Romantic repertoire. He completed his undergraduate degree at the Royal Academy of Music, where he studied with Susan Landale and Clive Driskill-Smith, winning several performance and academic prizes. 

 

Graham is the Pettman Organ Scholar at the London Oratory where he accompanies the Oratory Junior Choir. Prior to this he was the assistant organist at St. Michael's, Cornhill. Graham is in demand around the country as a recitalist and accompanist. He has been broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and has been recorded as an accompanist on both organ and piano. 

Notable recital venues include St. Paul's, Westminster, Hereford and Southwark Cathedrals.

 

Graham is an RCM Scholar supported by a Richard Newton Scarth Award and a John Birch Scholarship. He is a fellow of the Royal College of Organists and recently won the Worshipful Company of Musicians F. E. Smith medal.  He is also a recipient of the RCO Peter Wiles Scholarship. Graham is passionate about liturgical accompaniment and wishes to return to cathedral music when he completes his studies in London