Tenor Nicky Spence has enlisted some of the brightest stars from the world of Opera and Song to cycle 500 miles from Glasgow to London to raise £25,000 in aid of Help Musicians UK.
This is a cycle challenge with a difference: SongCycle. The illustrious cast will ambitiously cycle the length of the UK from Glasgow to London hosting a number of events to raise money and boost the awareness of the charity’s work.
Kicking off in Glasgow on 24 July at the Scottish Opera Headquarters, the launch will include performances from the riders and the young people of The Scottish Opera Connect Company. The group will then take part in a series of events en-route visiting some unique musical landmarks and communities from major cities and further afield, including visits to musicians the charity helps.
SongCycle will reach its climax as the team arrive in London to a finale performance at the London Coliseum with some very special operatic guests on Sunday 31 July.
The team includes Ailish Tynan (La Scala / ROH), Nicky Spence (ENO / The Met / Paris Opera), Mary Bevan (ENO Harewood Artist / RPS Young Artist of the Year), Louise Alder (ROH / Opera Frankfurt) Simon Lepper (Official accompanist for Cardiff Singer of the World) and young rising stars & HMUK Award recipients Timothy Connor, Emma Kerr, Peter Aisher and Nick Pritchard. World-renowned Bass Brindley Sherratt will join the last leg.
SongCycle will cross the length of the country with the itinerary below:
24 July – Glasgow – Biggar
25 July – Biggar – Hawick
26 July – Hawick – Newcastle
27 July – Newcastle – York
28 July – York – Manchester
29 July – Manchester – Birmingham
30 July – Birmingham – Oxford
31 July – Oxford – London
For more information, please visit helpmusicians.co.uk