Thursday 31 August
Marisa Cornford – Piano
Marisa Cornford studied at Chetham’s School of Music between 1982-1990, learning piano with Ryszard Bakst and David Hartigan. She then read Music at Edinburgh University, studying the piano with Peter Evans. There, she won the main prizes and performed four concertos with orchestra. She gained a scholarship to study at Mannes College of Music in New York with the Cuban pianist Jacob Lateiner, where she completed a Masters degree in piano performance.
Marisa has given recitals as an instrumental and song accompanist and soloist in France, Germany, Austria, the USA and UK, including at the Pump Room, Bath and St Martin-in-the-Fields. She began her teaching career in the piano faculty at Wycombe Abbey School in 1997, where she also composed and directed five works for children’s theatre, including Peer Gynt and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Marisa’s original music of the latter was performed in A Shakespeare Soirée at The Globe Theatre London in March 2016.
Following teaching posts at The Purcell School for musicians and as Director of Music at St Piran’s school, Marisa is now a freelance musician, focusing on accompanying, composing and running music courses. She is a professor of piano at the Junior department of the Royal Academy of Music, a post she has held since 2007. Marisa regularly plays in the Cornford Duo and the Loddon Piano Quartet, with husband, Dan Cornford. Future recitals include performances during the Wycombe and Wooburn Festivals. Marisa and Mae have performed as a duo in the Battle Arts Festival in 2014 and 2015.
Mae Heydorn is a Swedish/German mezzo soprano/contralto and graduated on a scholarship from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with distinction in 2012. She made her Glyndebourne début the same year as the Woodpecker in The Cunning little Vixen. Mae has covered the roles of Bianca / The Rape of Lucretia and Mrs Grose / TheTurn of the Screw at Glyndebourne since and she covered the role of Polina/Pikovaya Dama with Grange Park Opera.
Acclaimed as a mezzo soprano whose “cut and amplitude of timbre puts her at an advantage” (Opera Magazine, Jan 2016), Mae is an award winning performer and recipient of the Wagner Society’s President’s Prize 2014 awarded by Dame Gwyneth Jones.
Recognised for her Lied interpretations she is an enthusiastic explorer and lover of the art song, chamber music, oratory and contemporary repertoire. She sings in recital in the Barbican Hall, Cadogan Hall, St Martin in the Fields, the Oxford Lieder Festival, for the British Schubert Society, and in the Music at Oxford concert series. She has also performed in concert with The English Chamber Orchestra and the Southbank Sinfonia and Mae regularly performs with the Cohen Ensemble.
She took first prize at the Schubert Society’s Lied Duo Competition and is a recipient of the Making Music Philip and Dorothy Green Award.
Forthcoming role débuts with Fulham and Regents Opera are Prince Orlofsky/Die Fledermaus and Maddalena/Rigoletto.