KRISTENE SUTCLIFFE, Soprano, and OLGA EGGERT, Pianist
Born in Wales and raised on the Isle of Man Kristene Sutcliffe was a regular child performer at the Manx Music Festival and was the first ever winner of the Young Singer of Mann competition. She went on to study at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester achieving a Bachelor of Music Honours Degree and Post Graduate Diploma in Performance.
Upon leaving Music College she worked extensively in UK and Europe singing a vast repertoire of opera, operetta and oratorio. Kristene loves Puccini opera and favourite roles have included Musetta in ‘La Boheme’ and Yvette in ‘La Rondine’. Whilst travelling Europe performing oratorio she was privileged to have been invited to perform at the British Consulate in both Cyprus and The Hague.
She returned to the Isle of Man in 2007 and now teaches singing at King Williams College, has a large private teaching practice and is a director of Stage Door Entertainment. Productions of note for Stage Door Entertainment include the ‘I Love Culture Show’ to celebrate Island of Culture 2014, ‘I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change’ in 2015, ‘You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown’ in 2016 and ‘Our Day Out’ in 2019. During 2015 Stage Door Entertainment worked with NODA and the Isle of Man Arts Council producing TheatreFest15, and this festival of new work for theatre is now curated by Stage Door Entertainment and is in its 5th year.
Performances of note on the Island include Mrs Anna in the ‘King and I’ and Carlotta in ‘Phantom of the Opera’ for Taylorian Productions, Ellen in ‘Miss Saigon’ and Violet in ‘9to5’ for Douglas Choral Union. Most recently she took the part of Fantine in ‘Les Miserables’ for Manx Operatic Society.
Olga Eggert (Stone) is one of the most versatile performers and presenters on a concert circuit, combining her skills as concert pianist and art historian to make her talks entertaining, lively,educating and unusual. She was born in the Crimea and attended the Crimean Musical College, and then the Conservatoire in Odessa, and graduated with top marks in piano, piano accompaniment and the teaching of music.
After leaving the Conservatoire she embarked on a career as a professional pianist and worked as an accompanist in the Odessa Opera Theatre and the Odessa Operetta Theatre. Later she was a soloist in the Crimean Philharmonic Society and made many appearances on Ukrainian, Russian and Belorussian TV and performed in Moscow, Minsk, Kiev and other cities of the former Soviet Union, playing for many Soviet and post-Soviet leaders.
She moved to the Isle of Man in 1998 and continued her music studies at Trinity College (London), being awarded FTCL in Piano Performance, ATCL in Organ Performance and AMusTCL in music theory. Olga was an official accompanist for the International Tertis Viola Competition, and also accompanied the Ballet Rambert and the National Symphony Orchestra during their visits to the Isle of Man. Olga has performed in various venues around the world – in the UK and Europe, in South America, Japan, the USA and even on the island of St. Helena, as well as on board a large number of cruise ships for different companies. She has been a guest of Cape Town Classical Music programme, Manx Radio, Radio Belarus, Danish Radio Klassisk and BBC ‘Songs of Praise’. Olga also is the organist at St. Andrew's Church, Isle of Man, plays as a visiting organist in other churches on the Isle of Man and gives organ concerts in the UK. She also shares her considerable experience with her many piano pupils, teaching piano at King William’s College and privately.
Apart from degrees in music, Olga has MA in Classics and BA in Arts History. She had been for many years the Head of Classics at King William’s College on the Isle of Man, and has been teaching Latin and Russian at the Isle of Man College. Olga also had been a sessional Arts History lecturer for the University of Liverpool, covering topics from Classical history of Rome and Greece to Russian revolution of 1917, and she is currently a History tutor for the University of Chester, lecturing on the Medieval History and the Crusades.
Olga has a wide repertoire covering music from Baroque to XX century, including well-known works by German, French, Austrian, Italian, Russian composers and some lesser known works by English, Scandinavian, South American and American composers as well.
Olga has travelled widely in Europe, the Caribbean, and North, Central and South America, both playing concerts and giving lectures. Olga’s training in music and art history gives to her concerts and lectures a unique blend of creativity as well as deep insight into a subject.
Bach – Aria from Goldberg Variations (piano)
Adams – The Star of Bethlehem
Rutter – The Star Carol
Liszt – Ancient Provencal Christmas Carol (piano)
Adam – O Holy Night
Tchaikovsky – Valse des fleurs from The Nutcracker (piano)
Sviridov – Waltz from Snowstorm (piano)
Jacobson/Moore – Ellan Vannin Carol
Jason Robert Brown – Christmas Lullaby
Ukranian Carol of Bells (piano)
Twelve Days of Christmas
Head - What Christmas Means to Me