04 November 2012

Idit Gold (guitar), Rachel Seghers (soprano) and Petros Andreou (bouzouki)

Idit Gold

Idit took up classical guitar at the aged of 12 inspired by listening to Julian Bream’s album.
She studied at the Rubin Academy of Music in Jerusalem under Professor Joseph Urshulmi and won numerous scholarships to further her studies. During that time Idit gave many recitals and played as a soloist with various chamber ensembles.  

Towards the end of her studies, Idit decided to give up playing the classical guitar in order to pursue her career in choir conducting which she has been working with since.
In 2010 Idit decided to pick up the guitar and to dedicate a year to recapture the classical technique she has lost over the years.   Since then she won a first prize at the Richmond upon Thanes Festival and at The North London Festival.
In October 2011 Idit gave a concert with her guest soprano Rachel Seghers at the Hampstead Garden Suburb Free Church.
This is the second joint concert that brings together the repertoire of the Baroque and Spanish music.  

Rachel Seghers

A light lyric soprano, Rachel is currently a member of the W10 Singers, Questors Choir (Ealing) and Voicelab (Southbank) and has sung previously with a number of other choirs including the London Symphony Chorus at the BBC Proms, the Royal Festival Hall and at the International Eisteddfod in Llangollen.

Rachel currently studies singing with Betty Roe having previously studied with Diana Kiverstein.  She regularly performs as a soloist at concerts, weddings, funerals and other occasions, and enjoys singing a wide repertoire range from early music, classical and opera to musicals and music hall.  A convert to the ukulele, she enjoys exploring the songs of the 1920s and 30s and also teaches the ukulele at corporate events and schools.

Petros Andreou

Petros was born in 1960 in Cyprus, but since the age of 6 months has lived in the United Kingdom. Petros started learning the Classical Guitar at the age of 9 and then the Bouzouki at the age of 12. He started playing the Bouzouki professionally from the age of 15. He experimented with transcribing classical music for the Bouzouki and found an authentic sound. He has performed the Vivaldi guitar concerto adapted for Bouzouki and has given numerous recitals as a soloist performing classical transcriptions. He has also performed his own compositions. He has performed twice at the Purcell Room of the Royal Festival Hall in London with soprano singer Soumaya Deeb, and was then invited to perform at the Auditorium Al Bustan in Beirut Lebanon in 2005 which proved to be a great success. Petros currently teaches both the Classical Guitar and Bouzouki; and performs on both instruments.