Luke Swatman first came to everyone’s attention when he sang “Nessun Dorma” in June 2018 in the Eagle Vaults pub in Worcester. Only a few hours later a video of his pub karaoke appearance went viral, sparking interest both nationally and internationally and it later led to Luke appearing on the UK’s “Good Morning Britain” TV programme. Indeed Luke’s success has further led him to take part in “The Voice UK”, which is screened by ITV.

Luke started taking singing classes when he was six-years-old and had tuition for an hour a week until his early 20s. He then took some time off before resuming his lessons at the Elgar School of Music under Wilhelm’s guiding hand.

Luke, who works as a commercial controller, said last year about his ambitions: “Of course it is a childhood dream to take it on fulltime but you need a break and the type of money that you can support yourself.”

Saturday 15 June 2019, 19.30



A journey through Musicals, Opera and Popular Songs, performed by the sensational tenor Luke Swatman, as featured on The Voice UK!

Tickets are available HERE

Venue: Elmslie House, Malvern

Elmslie House is a listed Victorian house in Malvern and boasts a delightful, initimate small concert hall which can seat 80 people.

Maria Moll

Janine Parsons
Janine completed her studies at the Birmingham Conservatoire, having gained a B Mus (Hons) degree and a Post Graduate Diploma. She studied piano with Frank Wibaut and Professor Malcolm Wilson. She teaches piano at the Elgar Scool of Music, where she is currently Head of the Department.

Wilhelm Theunissen
Wilhelm Theunissen is a professional tenor and singing teacher based in Worcester, England. He studied singing in his native South Africa with Professor Werner Nel before continuing his postgraduate studies in Italy and Germany. He returned to lecture in South Africa where he developed a programme to take classical singing into the townships.

Friday 31st May 2019, 1.00pm


Elgar in Song

Edward Elgar – As I Laye a-Thynkynge (1887)
Edward Elgar – Two Songs opus 41 (1902)
1. In the Dawn
2. Speak Music
Edward Elgar – From “Three Songs: opus 59 (1910)
The King’s Way
Edward Elgar – Shakespeare’ Kingdom (Pageant of Empire ) 1924
Edward Elgar – Sea Pictures opus 37 (1899)

Tickets: £10 (booking charges may apply)
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Venue: Elgar School of Music, Worcester

James Gilchrist
James Gilchrist began his working life as a doctor, turning to a full-time career in music in 1996. His musical interest was fired at a young age, singing first as a chorister in the choir of New College, Oxford, and later as a choral scholar at King’s College, Cambridge. James’ extensive concert repertoire has seen him perform in major concert halls throughout the world.

Benjamin Frith
Benjamin Frith was encouraged by his teacher, Fanny Waterman, to pursue a musical career after winning the UK Dudley National Piano Competition at 14, and at 20 he became a Mozart Memorial Prize winner. In 1989 he won international recognition when winning 1st Prize at the Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Masters Competition and has since recorded 17 solo discs and performed with many of the world’s great orchestras such as the Israel Philharmonic and Warsaw Philharmonic. A life long interest in chamber music was realised in his becoming a member of the Gould Piano Trio in 1998.

Richard Jenkinson
Richard is a keen chamber musician and plays regularly in a duo with the pianist Benjamin Frith. Recitals have included London’s Wigmore Hall and Purcell Room as well as broadcasts and recordings. Since 2012 he has been the cellist in the Dante String Quartet with whom he has made recordings for Hyperion and Somm records and undertaken tours of France, Ireland and Japan. He is completing a Ph.D. at the University of Birmingham on the work of Zoltán Kodály.

Sunday 7 October 2018, 3.00pm


Song Recital: ‘Lest We Forget’

The concert will feature James Gilchrist (tenor), Benjamin Frith (piano) and Richard Jenkinson (‘cello) and has been devised to mark the centenary of the end of World War 1. Featuring some of Britain’s best loved songs by Vaughan Williams, Butterworth, Gurney and Finzi, the concert will also include a performance of Ian Venables’ powerful and moving song cycle ‘Through These Pale Cold Days’, which was commissioned by the Limoges Trust for the City of Worcester. This work was premiered in 2016 and is dedicated to the memory of the Worcestershire Regiment and the Old Boys of the Royal Grammar School, Worcester. This event is sponsored by Limoges Charitable Trust and Brenda Kinnear. It will be presented by Worcester Live, in association with the Elgar School of Music, Worcester Concert Club and Ian Venables.


Venue: Huntingdon Hall, Worcester

Brittany King
An Honours Bachelor of Music graduate from Wilfrid Laurier, Brittany also holds a diploma from the Royal Conservatory of Music in voice and piano and attended the Post-Bachelor Artist Program at the University of Manitoba studying with Tracy Dahl & Monica Huissman. Brittany continues to perform within the Toronto region, and is a regular soloist with the Durham Philharmonic Choir & Orchestra. She has also performed with the Elgar Baroque Singers, which marked her first engagement within the United Kingdom. (Click HERE for Brittany’s website).

Matthew Peters
Matthew is a cellist, teacher and composer. Since moving to England from the United States in 2006 he has created the Peters Cello Studio, and is also the Manager of the English Symphony Orchestra. He recently was appointed Head of Strings at the Elgar School of Music.

Sunday 17 June 2018


Song Recital

Canadian Soprano, Brittany King (soprano) to perform together with the Matthew Peters Cello Studio. The concert was presented in association with the Elgar School of Music.


Venue: Elmslie House, Malvern

Elmslie House is a listed Victorian house in Malvern and boasts a delightful, initimate small concert hall which can seat 80 people.