Rumbold Foundation, Coast to Coast Recital #6


Kate Semmens & Steven Devine

Sunday June 21, 2020
3 pm MDT

Hosted by Kate & Steven in their home in Kent, UK

This recital series is made possible by the generosity of the

This is a special Faculty recital featuring celebrated artists, Kate Semmens and Steven Devine from their home in Kent, UK. We are elated that Kate and Steven will join us next year as faculty: Steven will conduct Dido and Aeneas and Kate will share her expertise of early vocal technique. Their afternoon program consists of a stunning selection of English songs with composers ranging from Purcell, to Handel, Croft, Greene, and more.




  • There will be a Virtual Reception via Zoom held immediately following the first viewing at 4 pm MDT.
  • If you forgot to RSVP or would like to join at the last minute here’s the info!
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Kate Semmens sings widely as a soloist and has also sung with some of the most eminent choirs and consorts, including the Monteverdi Choir, Dunedin Consort, Gabrieli Consort and Eric Whitacre Singers. Kate was a soloist on Andrew Parrott’s recording of Taverner’s Western Wind Mass which won the gramophone award for Early Music in 2017, and performed Bach’s St John Passion with him at St Petersburg festival and in Moscow. In opera, Kate has played many roles ranging from Mrs P in Michael Nyman’s The Man Who Mistook his Wife for a Hat, to Ottavia in Monteverdi’s L’Incoronazione di Poppea. Last summer she was involved in the staging of James Runcie’s Great Passion, and played the leading role in Handel’s Il Pastor Fido for New Chamber Opera. Over the past year, Kate has been singing with The Orchestra of Age of Enlightenment in education projects based on Purcell’s Fairy Queen, and played the part of Dafne in Handel’s Apollo e Dafne with the Victoria Baroque Players in Canada. Kate is also known for her teaching and coaching skills and was looking forward to joining Opera NUOVA to work with their singers, but will be thrilled to join them next year.

Steven Devine enjoys a busy musical life as a keyboard player and conductor, working with some of the finest musicians. He is Principal Keyboard for the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and is also the Director of their very popular Cantata series “Bach, the Universe and Everything”.  In addition, he has conducted the orchestra across Europe and Asia.  Steven is Music Director for New Chamber Opera in Oxford and with them has performed repertoire from Cavalli to Rossini. For the Dartington Festival Opera he has conducted Handel’s Orlando and Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas. He is currently conductor and Artistic Advisor for the English Haydn Festival in Bridgnorth. Steven has recently released Book 1 of Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier (“it’s the one of all I’ve heard in the past ten years that I am happiest to live with.” Early Music Review) with Book 2 being released in 2020. Steven works regularly with the Norwegian Wind Ensemble, Trondheim Barokk, the Victoria Baroque Players (BC, Canada) and Arion Baroque Ensemble (Montreal).  He is Early Keyboard Consultant to the Royal Welsh College and Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.

Recital Program: June 21 Program