Friday Lunchtime Concert

Friday 28th April:
Ann Wilkes (soprano), Ryan Hunt (tenor) & Rachel Fright (pianist)

Ann Wilkes

Ann is a twenty-three year old soprano studying with Louise Winter at the Royal Northern College of Music.  She has sung as a soloist frequently at music competitions across the north of England with much success, winning prizes such as the most promising singer under 25 at the Wharfedale Festival of Performing Arts and the HSBC Rosebowl. Ann has performed as a guest soloist with Almondbury Ladies, Colne Valley Male Voice Choir, Ladies Please, Marsden Silver Band, Mill House Green Male Voice Choir, New Mill Male Voice Choir, Oldershaw Singers and Steeton Male Voice Choir as well as at the Buxton Festival as part of their song at six series.  She has sung the Soprano solo in Faure’s Requiem with St Barnabas Church Choir, Gounod’s St Cecilia Mass with Hartford Choral Society and, ‘Come and Sing’ performances of Handel’s Messiah at Bullhouse and Batley and Dvorak's Stabat Matar with Ramsbottom Choral Society, At the RNCM she has been in the chorus in Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutti and Lehar’s The Merry Widow.  Ann was one of three singers in a world premiere of a chamber opera by a recent RNCM alumna Anna Appleby Citizens of Nowhere.  Recent engagements include premiering a solo vocal and piano piece written for a book launch by author Rachel Mann at Manchester Cathedral and a masterclass with Joan Rogers.

Ryan Hunt

Ryan is a recipient of the Leverhulme Mentorship Music Award in his final year at the Royal Northern College of Music studying with Louise Winter.  Recent engagements include Opera scenes; Monastatos in Die Zauberflöte as well as two roles in Britten operas: Clem (The Little Sweep) and Captain Vere (Billy Budd). Furthermore, chorus for Handel’s Theodora, Offenbach’s La Vie Parisienne,  Mozart’s Così fan tutte, Lehar’s The Merry Widow and Penderecki’s Seven Gates of Jerusalem. Within the space of two years Ryan will have performed Schoenberg’s Gurre-Lieder with the Bergen Philharmonic, the BBC SSO and the Hallé. Ryan is also in the RNCM Chamber Choir. Ryan will be a soloist at RNCM’s Day of Song at the end of this month. Alongside opera, notable musical theatre and operetta performances include; Nanki-Poo, G&S - The Mikado (RNCM, Manchester) Rusty Charlie and Arvide Abernathy,  Guys and Dolls (The Palace Theatre, Manchester), Tony in West Side Story and Jean Valjean in Les Miserables. Ryan has sang the roles of Peter Quint in Britten’s The Turn of the Screw and Basilio in Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro with Leeds Youth Opera. He was also recently involved in a production at Sheffield City Hall of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin with Opera On Location and is a regular soloist with Opera 74 in Bolton. Furthermore, he also sings regularly with Bolton Symphony Orchestra, the Hallé, Manchester Chamber Choir and the BBC Philharmonic. 

Rachel Fright

Rachel started postgraduate study at the Royal Northern College of Music in 2014, having previously studied Music at Pembroke College, Oxford, where she held the Instrumental Scholarship. Rachel studies with Stephen Savage and David Jones and is supported by the Helen Mackaness Award. As a soloist, she has had the opportunity to take part in masterclasses by Robert Levin, Philippe Cassard, Kathryn Stott and Stephen Hough. Rachel specialises in vocal accompaniment, and has received regular song duo coaching from Julius Drake and been programmed with singers as part of the Bridge-water Hall ‘Introducing’ series, RNCM Spotlight concert series, RNCM Day of Song and St Ann’s Church concert series. Whilst at the RNCM, she has won the Clifton Helliwell Memorial Award, the Brodsky Prize, the Stella Bradshaw Award, the Alexander Young prize and the Frost/Brownson Award for Accompaniment. In May 2015, she performed live on BBC Radio 3 as part of a Young Artists’ Day concert, and in October 2016 she was chosen to represent the RNCM at the prestigious Gerald Moore Award at the Henry Wood Hall, London. Rachel is an alumna of the Oxford Lieder Festival Mastercourse, which she attended in October 2015, receiving tuition from Roger Vignoles, Imogen Cooper, Robert Holl and Ann Murray.

The concert will contain works by Mozart, Haydn, Wolf, Dupac and many more!

The concert begins at 12.30pm. Tickets for the concert are £5* and are available on the door. You can join us at 11:30 for soup and a roll if you would like some lunch before the concert.

The church and its shop/café (The House on The Rock) are also open all day, so you are welcome to browse amongst books, cards, gifts and CDs or enjoy light refreshments before or after the concert.


Forthcoming concerts:

  • 5th May FOUNDER’S DAY (No Concert)

  • 12th May Benny Hui (piano) & Yingying Han (Cello)

  • 19th May Chetham’s School of Music

  • 26th May Jill Crossland (piano)

  • 2nd June Gillian Blair (saxophonist) & David Gibson (piano)

  • 9th June Joseph Gawley (voice & piano)

  • 16th June Edward Foster (classical guitar)

  • 23rd June Chetham’s School of Music

  • 30th June Neil Crossland (piano)

  • 7th July Gamal Khamis (piano)

  • 14th July Marc Murray (organ)

  • Break for Summer

  • 8th Sept. Phillip McCann (cornet) & Simon Lindley (organ) 

  • 15th Sept. Alexander Mitchell (Viola)

  • 22nd Sept. Tom Evans (Trio Volant) - clarinet, oboe & bassoon

  • 29th Sept. James Girling (guitarist)

  • 6th Oct. Melia Duo, a saxophone and percussion (Hannah Fry and Alex)

  • 13th Oct. The Kell Wind Trio



Many of our artists return each year to perform for us, however we are always interested in hearing from new talented musicians. 

If you would like the opportunity, please send a short CV and contact details (address, phone and email) to the Marc Murray, Director of Music

We are able to pay a modest fee to those who perform.


*Admission is normally £5.00, but occasionally this may be increased for a particular concert. Pay at the door and get a programme of the music, biographical details of the performers and advance notice of future concerts.