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The tenor soloist for the 2019 concert is TBA.

The soloists for the 2018 Montgomery County Music Festival were

Sarah-Ann Cromwell (soprano)
Peter Edge (bass-baritone)

Sarah-Ann Cromwell (soprano)

Sarah-Ann
                CromwellSarah-Ann is Britain's first award-winning operatic comedian, the first soprano in 30 years to join the internationally touring a cappella quartet Cantabile -The London Quartet, and Powerful Voice Coach to Women in Business.

Sarah-Ann undertook her post grad at Birmingham Conservatoire where she won the Silver Oratorio Prize and The Birmingham Music Festival's Recital Prize. After graduating she performed in the critically acclaimed, RPS Award-winning, BBC2-aired Othello with the Birmingham Opera Company, and toured Mikado's Pitti Sing with Opera Anywhere culminating with a sold out performance at Bristol’s Colston Hall.

Hating the unpleasant nature of operatic auditions but wanting to gain experience in touring and comedy roles, Sarah-Ann wrote and toured Diva Gigs: A Week in the Life of a Diva which won Buxton Festival’s Spirit of the Fringe, and at the Edinburgh Fringe she was awarded a hat trick of 4-star reviews including Time Out London.

After extensive solo touring, Sarah-Ann became the first lady since 1977 to join the internationally touring A Cappella group: Cantabile-The London Quartet. She recorded A Song For Christmas with Champshill Records, performed at The Royal Albert Hall and now tours Europe and America.

Peter Edge (bass-baritone)

Peter EdgePeter Edge is a Bass-Baritone in his first year of Masters at the Royal College of Music, London, under the tutelage of Peter Savidge and Gary Matthewman. Peter graduated from the Royal Northern College of Music, in 2017, with a First Class Honours Degree. Competition successes include the International Medal at the Llangollen International Eisteddfod, RNCM Freckleton Prize and the Doherty Cup for Singing. Peter also achieved Highly Commended in the Kathleen Ferrier Bursary Competition.

Opera roles include Alfio (Cavalleria Rusticana), Dulcamara ( L’elisir d’amore), Snug & Theseus (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Pooh-Bah (The Mikado), Robin (Ruddygore), Papageno (Die Zauberflote) and Masetto (Don Giovanni) - with Opera Loki, where Peter toured France and the UK. He has also performed scenes of Un Giorno di Regno (Tesoriere), Eugene Onegin (Zaretsky), Cenerentola (Alidoro), Lakme (Frederic) and Cosi Fan Tutte (Guglielmo & Don Alfonso). Peter performed in the chorus of The Merry Widow, Otello and Simon Boccenegra with the RNCM and was a Young Artist of Longborough Festival Opera last Summer. Peter is also in demand as an oratorio soloist and has recently performed Bach’s St John Passion, Brahms' Requiem, Handel’s Messiah and Haydn’s Creation.

Peter made his TV debut on S4C, at Llangollen, and also appeared in the BBC Film: Florence Foster Jenkins. Peter regularly sings on live BBC Radio 4, with the BBC Daily Service Singers, and has performed on BBC Radio 3. In September, Peter was invited to be interviewed and perform live on BBC Radio 3’s live drive time show: In Tune, with presenter Sean Rafferty.

Peter would like to express his thanks to the Walker Trust, Shrewsbury, for funding the majority of his Masters education. Further information and recordings can be found at www.peteredgebaritone.co.uk.