Sarah Ashton – Soprano, Joseph Spratt – Tenor, Josh Wilkinson Piano WACIDOM Lunchtime concert

Sarah Ashton – Soprano, Joseph Spratt – Tenor, Josh Wilkinson Piano WACIDOM Lunchtime concert

This Saturday we look forward to hearing Sarah Ashton – Soprano, Joseph Spratt – Tenor, Josh Wilkinson Piano perform their WACIDOM lunchtime concert. The will be playing:-

La Traviata – Verdi


Deh mie bolenti

Addio del passato

Merry Widow – Lehar

Vilja song

Lippen schweigen

Maytime – Romberg

Will you remember

Don Giovanni – Mozart

Say no more

Fidelio – Beethoven

Gott! Welch dunkel hier

La Boheme – Puccini

Che geilda manina

Mi Chiamano Mimi

O Soave fanciulla


Sarah Ashton

Sarah is a soprano from Manchester and a music graduate from The University of Huddersfield,

she also studied with The English National Opera on their Opera Works program in 2015. She has

recently performed the role of Donna Anna from Don Giovanni with Opera Viva and worked with

Sheffield City Opera as the character of Norma in their new opera ‘Donna and her mobile.’ Other

recent performances include Mimi from La Boheme and the 1st Lady from the Magic Flute with the

North Wales Opera Studio. She has also previously performed the roles of Hansel from Hansel and

Gretel with Chimera Opera, Marzerline from Fidelio and Iris from Semele with ENO Opera works and

Cleopatra from Cesare with The University of Huddersfield. She is currently continuing her singing

studies with Andrew Heggie.


Joseph Spratt


Joe’s love of the bel canto method of singing is something that he wishes to return to the world.

He graduated from the Royal Northern College of Music in 2016 and has continued to develop his

voice through many gruelling hours of practice and a varied and busy concert schedule. Joe already

enjoys a wonderful concert relationship with the Leeds Symphony Orchestra and at 24 is now their

principal tenor. In his first professional operatic role, he played Mayor Upfold in Benjamin Britten’s

Albert Herring, which gave him great enjoyment. In future years, Joe is going to Germany to

further his operatic and linguistic education and to master the marriage of a rich ringing sound to

beautiful music.


Josh Wilkinson


In September 2017 Josh obtained a master’s Degree in Chamber Music, with distinction, from the

University of York. During this course he was awarded with a financial assistantship, enabling him

to work as an accompanist for both students and professionals. Whilst at York he formed the

Jochama Piano Trio, with whom he completed his MA. His work as an accompanist led him to play

at the Ryedale Festival in June 2017 with both the Miranda Wright Singers and a masterclass given

by the violinist Jack Liebeck. As a pianist he has received tuition from many notable pianists,

including Chris Glynn, Artur Pizarro, Ashley Wass, Jeremy Young, Peter Graham and Graham Scott

whilst in attendance at the Chetham’s International Piano Summer School. Recently, Josh worked

as répétiteur for the company Aspect Opera to stage a production of Britten’s Albert Herring. Josh

is currently working as an accompanist for Nottingham University as well as carving his career as a

freelance accompanist and teacher.