Patricia Head (Countess Almaviva)
Originally from Devon, Patricia has a postgraduate diploma in Vocal Studies from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (now The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland) in Glasgow having initially studied for an English Degree.
She has made concert appearances all over the country including an appearance at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, but locally has been a soloist with the Elgar Chorale, The Alcester Male Voice Choir, The Bromyard Choral Society and Philomusica in Cheltenham.
Opera is her first love and Patricia’s roles have included Cupid, The Coronation of Poppea (Monteverdi), leading soprano roles in a number of Gilbert & Sullivan operettas (with GWOS), Hanna, The Merry Widow (Lehar); Susanna, The Marriage of Figaro; Despina, Cosi fan Tutte, Zerlina Don Giovanni (Mozart) and Lauretta, Gianni Schicchi (Puccini).
Patricia recently fulfilled a number of singing ambitions by performing her first Micaela, Carmen in 2016 and last year, Pamina in The Magic Flute , both for Opera Worcester (formerly GWOS). She is about to mark another musical milestone by singing Countess Almaviva for the first time in 2018.
She studies locally with Margaret Field after studying privately for many years with Maureen Guy. www.patriciahead.com
Aaron Prewer-Jenkinson (Figaro)
Aaron’s musical experience began at the age of seven when he became a chorister at Worcester Cathedral while studying at the King’s School Worcester becoming head chorister in 2007. His experience in choral music continued at Durham University, with Aaron becoming senior choral scholar at Durham Cathedral, whilst reading Classics and Music at Durham University between 2012 and 2015 and during which time he has performed solos ranging from Handel’s ‘Messiah’ and the part of ‘Pilatus’ in Bach’s ‘St John Passion’ to the bass solos in Faure’s Requiem with the OSJ, as well as featured as leads in various operatic productions.
Whilst at King’s, Aaron explored a variety of musical styles. He currently performs bass guitar, saxophone and harmonica as part of a band with a UK No. 1 selling artist which plays at venues across the UK and Europe, developed from playing as part of a jazz duo at King’s with a pianist for functions and gigs around Worcester. He has also performed guitar with the British Police Symphony Orchestra in their rendition of the James Bond and Austin Powers themes in Symphony Hall in Birmingham.
Aaron has also developed a love of opera, particularly those of the great late romantics. His performances have ranged from leading roles in Gilbert & Sullivan’s ‘The Gondoliers’ and ‘HMS Pinafore’, Lehar’s ‘The Merry Widow’, Purcell’s ‘Dido & Aeneas’ and Mozart’s ‘Cosi fan Tutte’ and ‘The Marriage of Figaro’ (among others) with opera groups in both Worcester and Durham. More recently, Aaron has also performed solos with the British Police Symphony Orchestra in extracts from Puccini’s ‘Turandot’ and ‘Tosca’ in Beacon Park, Lichfield.
Aaron has a keen interest in public speaking, winning two commended delegate awards at Model United Nations competitions while at King’s as well as chairing the school debating club, continuing to become an active member of the Durham Union Society. He has narrated various works with orchestras and chamber groups, including Prokofiev’s ‘Peter and the Wolf’ and the poetry of Ogden Nash to Saint-Saen’s ‘Carnival of the Animals’ to Poulenc’s ‘Babar the Elephant’ and ‘Popular Song’ from Walton’s ‘façade.