Julie Aherne, pianist
Julie Aherne studied at Royal Holloway, University of London, with James Kirby, and later with Matthew Stanley. She gives regular recitals as a soloist, chamber musician and accompanist, and has performed concertos by Bach, Mozart, Grieg, and Finzi.
Julie works regularly with singers in solo, choral, and operatic contexts. She works as an accompanist for the Association of British Choral Directors, Melofonetica, Berwick Festival Opera, and Rocket Opera, and currently holds rehearsal pianist positions with Andover Choral Society and Genesis Chorale. A keen advocate for community singing, she also directs Bisley Ladies Choir in Surrey.
In 2013 Julie co-founded The Black Cat Opera Company, of which she is Company Director and Répétiteur. With Black Cat Opera she has worked on productions of Don Giovanni, Così Fan Tutte, Carmen, Falstaff, and La Bohème, as well as gala evenings and high-profile corporate engagements. In August 2016 the company was invited to take their production of Così Fan Tutte to the Birgitta Festival, Tallinn, for which Julie played harpsichord continuo alongside the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra.
Engagements in 2018 include Donizetti’s Rita in Berwick-upon-Tweed, The Beggar’s Opera in Oborne, and performances at the Northumberland Music Festival and for Andover Music Club. She will also return to coach and accompany in Bassano del Grappa for the Veneto Opera Summer School with Melofonetica.
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