To date “Classics at Kippen has raised more than £25,000 for the charities “Crossroads”, “Erskine” and Kippen Parish church.
Dec 2019: Christmas Celebration
March 23rd 2018: Duet Recital featuring two of Kathleen’s former students, Hannah Sandison (soprano) and Annabella Ellis (mezzo soprano).
Along with pianist Chavdar Mazgalov.
NOVEMBER 2016: “Words and Music from the Somme”. A programme to commemorate the centenery of the Battle of the Somme. In aid of Erskine hospital this concert raised £11,000.
JULY 2015; JULY 2016 & NOVEMBER 2016: “Raucous Rossini”, established by RCS alumni Max Fane, came to Kippen with 3 semi staged productions (“L’inganno Felice”, “La cambiale di matrimonio”, “L’occasione fa il ladro” ) were performed by a 17 piece orchestra and 5 singers from RCS to a packed audience who gave a standing ovation at the end.
My own students….Heather Jamieson, Eilys Mafawnwy Davis, Julia Daramy Williams, Fiona Joice, Charlotte Hoather, Olenka Ivakina, Eva Macfarlane and Marcus Svietlicki were joined by Maximilain Fane, Kieran White and Colin Murray (also from RCS) and accompanist Zhenja Mocholova.
The second half of the concert was a selection of operatic arias and songs from the shows performed by the above singers and with a few solos from Kathleen herself!