La Operetta. The British Benevolent Fund

The British Benevolent Fund of Madrid ofrece un año más en la Academia su concierto benéfico, interpretado en esta ocasión por la soprano Jenny Stafford, el tenor Ross Scanlon y la pianista y organista Rebecca Taylor, músicos de la Royal Academy of Music de Londres, acompañados por The Choir of Runnymede College.

El Fondo Benéfico Británico de Madrid (The British Benevolent Fund) es una Asociación benéfica cuyo fin es la prestación de ayuda económica y de otra índole a personas de nacionalidad británica que sean residentes o que se encuentren sin medios en la Comunidad de Madrid, o excepcionalmente fuera de dicha Comunidad pero dentro del territorio español. La Asociación depende totalmente de donaciones del público y empresas.

Con el fin de recaudar fondos para cumplir con su misión benéfica, el BBF organiza este año un concierto cuyo tema será La Operetta.

En el concierto participarán tres músicos profesionales que estudiaron en la Royal Academy of Music de Londres: Rebecca Taylor, Ross Scanlon y Jenny Stafford, y serán acompañados por el coro del colegio británico Runnymede bajo la tutela de su profesora de música, Tanya Balashova.


Primera parte 
  • Georges Bizet, Avec la garde móntate [coro]
  • Gaetano Donizetti, Caro elisir, lallarallara, chi e mai quel matto? / Esulti pur la barbara [dúo]
  • Charles Gounod, Jewel Song / Faust [Jenny Stafford]
  • Wolgang Amadeus Mozart, Anvil Chorus Pa pa pa / Magic Flute [coro]
  • Georges Bizet, La fleurs / Carmen [Ross Scanlon]
  • Engelbert Humperdinck, Abends will ich schlafen gehn / Hansel und Gretel [coro]
  • Giuseppe Verdi, Parigi, O cara / La Traviata [dúo]
  • Giuseppe Verdi, Va pensiero / Nabucco [coro]

Segunda parte 

  • Giuseppe Verdi, Libiamo / La Traviatta [dúo y coro]
  • Giacomo Puccini, Musetta's Waltz / La Boheme [Jenny Stafford]
  • Giacomo Puccini, E lucevan e stelle / Tosca [Ross Scanlon]
  • Wolgang Amadeus Mozart, La ci darem / Don Giovanni [dúo]
  • Giacomo Puccini, O mio babbino caro [Jenny Stafford]
  • Georg Friedrich Händel, Ombra mai fu / Xerses [Ross Scanlon]
  • Giacomo Puccini, Che gelida manina / La Boheme [dúo]
Born and educated in North Yorkshire, Rebecca made her concerto debut at the age of 17 performing Shostakovich's 2nd piano concerto. Under the tuition of Jeremy Young of the RNCM, she was awarded a performance scholarship to the annual Birmingham International Piano Academy in 2005 and the following year she won the Piano Academy's concerto competition, performing Mozart's A major concerto K488 with the Queen's Park Sinfonia. She has also performed Mozart's other A major concerto (K414) and Beethoven's 3rd piano concerto in Oxford. In 2011 she appeared as a soloist with the Royal Oman Symphony Orchestra, performing in Muscat under the direction of Simon Wright. Rebecca read music as Organ Scholar at Lincoln College, Oxford, studying with David Sanger. As both an organist and choral conductor she has broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 & 4, made CD recordings and performed in the UK and abroad in venues such as Westminster Abbey, St.George's Chapel Windsor, York Minster, Christ Church Dublin, St Marks Venice.

Rebecca has performed at numerous venues throughout the UK and Europe, including St.Martins-in-the-Field, The Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Macedonia Opera House & Real Academia de Bellas Artes Madrid. Rebecca has been a member of the Europeran Union Youth Orchestra for two Summer Tours, working most recently with Thomas Søndergård. During this time she performed and broadcast throughout Europe, including Italy, the Netherlands, Germany & Macedonia. During her studies for an MA in piano accompaniment at the Royal Academy of Music with Michael Dussek and Carole Presland, Rebecca was also a member of the prestigious Academy Song Circle. She achieved a distinction in her LRAM diploma and was a prizewinner in the Rex Stephens Lieder Prize, a finalist in the Richard Lewis Song Competition and was highly commended in both the Major van Someren-Godfrey English Song Prize and the Scott Huxley Piano Accompaniment Competition. She continued as a Junior Fellow Trainee Répétituer the following year and was also successful in gaining a place on the Solti Peretti Repetiteurs' Masterclass Course 2014. Rebecca recently won the Maureen Lehane Accompanist Prize at the Wigmore Hall. As part of her regular duo partnership she performed in the final of the Welsh Singers Competition at St.David's Hall Cardiff and at the 2015 Cardiff Singer of the World Competition.
Hailed by The Irish Times as “most promising young Irish Tenor heard in years”27 year old Tenor Ross Scanlon is in constant demand on the Operatic, Oratorio and Concert platform. Originally from County Wicklow, Ireland, Ross is now living in London and recently graduated from the Royal Academy of Music Opera School with singing professor Philip Doghan and Coach Mary Hill. Ross is an alumnus of the D.I.T Conservatory of Music and Drama, with a BMus first class honours degree and the Michael McNamara Gold Medal for excellence in performance.

Opera Roles with numerous Opera Companies include Male Chorus The Rape of Lucretia, Lurcanio Ariodante, Masino La Vera Costanza, Tamino & Monostatos Magic Flute, Remendado Carmen, Lord Lieutenant, Master of the Rolls and Skeffington The Earl of Kildare (Irish Premiere), PierreThe Wandering Scholar (Irish Premiere)and Midas Midas. Opera Scenes at the Royal Academy include Pong Turandot,Eisenstein Die Fledermaus, Aceste Ascanio in Alba, Scaramuccio Ariadne auf Naxos and Tinca Il Tabarro. Ross was a Young Associate Artist for 2009/10 season with the Opera Theatre Company Dublin.

On the oratorio platform, Ross has performed with some of Ireland’s and the UK’s finest Choral Societies. Works include Handel’sMessiahwhere he performed in the composers home town of Halle, Germany for the Handel Anniversary Festival, Handel’s, Alexander’s Feast and Coronation Anthems, Haydn Die Jahreszeiten, The Creation and Missa in Tempore Belli, Mendelssohn Elijah and St Paul, Stainer Crucifixion, Mozart’s Vesperae Solemnes de Confessore and Coronation MassSchubert’s Mass in B flat, Jenkins ‘The Armed Man – A Mass for Peace’ and Goodall Eternal Light – A Requiem (Irish Premiere).

His debut Oratorio performance of Haydn’s Creation, at the National Concert Hall with Our Lady’s Choral Society and the RTE Concert Orchestra, received critical acclaim from the Irish Times stating “Tenor Ross Scanlon sang with a commanding lightness and clarity (he’s the most promising young Irish tenor I’ve heard in years).

Ross has won numerous prizes for his singing, most notably the Thomas Moore Cup, the Tenor Solo Cup and Gold Medal and the prestigious Count John McCormack Cup and Silver Medal for overall best male singer at the Feis Ceoil, Ireland. Ross has also been the recipient of the Bray Endeavour awards receiving their Culture and Arts Award as well as the recipient of the John McCormack society young artist Bursary.

Recent engagements saw Ross making his debut with the BBC Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican Centre, London singing Ravel’s L'enfant et les sortilèges. He also made his debut with the Welsh National Youth Opera singing the role of Hot Biscuit Slim in Britten’s Paul Bunyan.

Ross gratefully acknowledges the sponsorship and support of theMatthew & Sally Ferrey,Irish Arts Council and Wicklow County Council.
Jenny Stafford was born in Huddersfield and studied at the Royal Academy of Music where she won the Isabel Jay Operatic Prize and Dame Eva Turner Operatic Award. This year Jenny was a semifinalist in the Kathleen Ferrier Awards, making her debut at the Wigmore Hall. She previously undertook a BMus at King’s College, London, ENO Opera Works and the prestigious Georg Solti Accademia di Bel Canto, participating in masterclasses with Angela Gheorghiu, Richard Bonynge and Dennis O’Neill. She has also taken part in masterclasses with Edward Gardner, Angelika Kirchschlager, Barbara Bonney and Lillian Watson.

Jenny has given recitals and concerts in such venues as the Barbican Centre, Southwark Cathedral, Huddersfield Town Hall, and for the Spitalfields Music Festival and Chipping Campden Music Festival. Solo performances include Handel’s Messiah (Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra), Brahms’ Requiem, Poulenc’s Gloria, Mendelssohn’s St Paul, Mozart’s Exsultate Jubilate, C Minor Mass and Vesperae Solennes de Confessore, Haydn’s Harmoniemesse, Theresienmesse, Missa Sancti Nicolai (Zurich, Switzerland) and Missa in Angustiis, Faure’s Requiem and Monteverdi Vespers 1610.

Jenny has performed the roles of Vitellia (Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito) and Dido (Purcell’s Dido & Aeneas) in Cadogan Hall, Fiordiligi (Mozart’s Così fan tutte), Musetta (Puccini’s La Bohème) and 2nd Woman (Dido & Aeneas) for Silent Opera at The Vaults Festival (Old Vic), First Lady (Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte) for Ryedale Festival Opera, Grimeborn Festival 2013 and Young Opera Venture, Soprano (Handel’s Messiah staged) and Jenny / Rachel (John Ramster’s Kiss Me, Figaro!) with Merry Opera Company and Savitri (Holst’s Savitri) and Alison (Holst’s Wandering Scholar) at Grimeborn Festival 2011.

Jenny’s studies were kindly supported by the Rhoda Jones Roberts Scholarship and Josephine Baker Trust.


  • Salón de actos de la Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando
  • Alcalá 13, Madrid
  • Jueves 22 de octubre, 19:30 horas
  • Entrada gestionada por The British Benevolent Fund


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