“JENNY STAFFORD (soprano) and LANA BODE (pianist) perform various different styles of vocal and piano music, including Opera and Musical Theatre, as well as German, French and English Art Song. They met through a dementia-friendly concert series and have formed a partnership based on their shared love of communicating through music to audiences that are sadly often excluded from traditional concert venues. They are a bright and bubbly presence together on stage, and they enjoy interacting with their audience as part of their performance. Their repertoire includes well-loved familiar classics such as ‘Summertime’ and ‘Over the Rainbow’, as well as serious and rarely-performed art songs from the classical repertoire. Jenny and Lana were delighted to join Live Music Now in 2019 and look forward to sharing their love of music with communities around the UK.
Yorkshire-born soprano JENNY STAFFORD possesses a lyric soprano voice ‘of immense beauty and a modern, pragmatic sincerity’ (Libby Purves: theatrecat.com). In two short years, she has become a recognised talent on British stages. In March 2018, she made her major house debut, in Amsterdam, as Sarah in James MacMillan’s Clemency.
Jenny trained at King’s College, London and the Royal Academy of Music, winning the Isabel Jay Operatic Prize and the Dame Eva Turner Award. She received further training at ENO Opera Works and the Georg Solti Accademia di Bel Canto. She was a semi-finalist in the 2015 Kathleen Ferrier Awards, a finalist in the Maureen Lehane Vocal Awards and was awarded 2nd prize at the Dean & Chadlington Singing Competition.
Engagements have included: Mozart’s ‘Requiem’ and ‘Exsultate, jubilate’ at the Royal Albert Hall; the eponymous hero of ‘The Pied Piper of Hamelin’ (Jonathan Willcocks) for Opera North, Sarah (Clemency) with Dutch National Opera; Annina with Longborough Festival Opera; Tisbé (Isouard Cendrillon) with Bampton Classical Opera.
Further UK opera engagements have included: Adina for Woodhouse Opera; Alison (Wandering Scholar) at the Grimeborn Festival; Donna Anna with Heritage Opera; Erste Dame for Ryedale Festival Opera; Fiordiligi for Bury Court Opera; Micaëla for the Northern Aldborough Festival; Mimì for Woodhouse Opera; Musetta for Silent Opera at The Vaults Festival (Old Vic); and Vitellia at the Cadogan Hall.
LANA BODE is an American-British pianist, programmer and artistic director, widely recognised for her innovative cross-arts programming and her performances of contemporary music. Lana performs as a solo pianist and in collaboration with some of the world’s leading singers and instrumentalists including Marcus Farnsworth, Marta Fontanals-Simmons, Robert Murray, Lucy Schaufer, Kate Valentine, Robert Cohen and James Turnbull.
Lana holds an MMus with Distinction from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. She was the inaugural winner of the Viola Tunnard Young Artist award, resulting in a year-long career development programme at Snape Maltings under the mentorship of Roger Vignoles. She is a Samling Artist, a Leverhulme Artist and an alumnus of the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme.
Recital performances have taken her from major London venues to festivals around the UK. Recent and future engagements include Aldeburgh Festival, Barbican Hall, BBC Radio 3 Hear and Now, Colyer-Fergusson Hall (Canterbury), Oxford Lieder Festival, Purcell Room, Red House (Aldeburgh) and Sage Gateshead. In addition to her concert career, Lana is the Artistic Director of the Virginia Woolf & Music concert project and a contemporary song coach at Guildhall School of Music & Drama.”