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Natalie Burch


An alumna of Chetham’s School of Music and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Natalie Burch is widely in demand as a collaborative pianist across London and the UK. She won the accompaniment prize at the 2015 Maureen Lehane Awards at Wigmore Hall, was a finalist alongside 2nd Prize winner James Way at the 2017 Kathleen Ferrier Awards and is a 2018 Britten-Pears, Leeds Lieder and Samling Artist.

Much in demand as a song specialist she regularly collaborates with a number of award-winning artists. Recent and future projects include a recording with tenor Robert Murray for BBC Radio 3’s Private Passions, a concert tour with RPS nominated soprano/composer Héloïse Werner, a project performing all Beethoven’s Violin Sonata’s on the fortepiano with violinist, Tom Aldren and recitals with numerous singers including Matthew Rose, James Way, Benedict Nelson and Helen Charlston.

Past performance highlights include Brahms’ Liebeslieder Walzer and Stephen Hough’s Other Love Songs at Wigmore Hall, a new commission by Daniel Kidane for St. John’s Smith Square, performances at the Sage Gateshead, Blackheath Halls, the Little Venice Festival, International Lied Festival Zeist and the Oxford Lieder Festival as well as recitals with James Way and Francesca Chiejina at Leith Hill Place and 22 Mansfield St. In 2019 She competed at both the Das Lied and Wigmore Hall International Song competitions, performing alongside mezzo Felicity Turner.

Natalie co-directs the multi-voice song ensemble, SongSpiel, with whom she has recently toured Cheryl Frances-Hoad’s The Thought Machine throughout 2019/2020 in an Arts Council funded project with Ensemble Perpetuo. Recent performances include the group’s debut at the Oxford Lieder Festival and at a number of arts hubs nationwide. She is also in the midst of a project performing and recording William Marsey’s Austerity Songs in collaboration with the Red House, Aldeburgh, which was commissioned by SongSpiel in 2017, as part of a digital Space for Song project. Natalie is founder of the Devon Song Festival which returns for its 5th year in 2020.

Natalie is resident pianist for Opera Prelude where she regularly plays for masterclasses given by eminent singers and teachers including Sir John Thomlinson, Roderick Williams, Neil Shicoff and Dame Anne Evans. She works regularly as a repetiteur and orchestral pianist under conductors such as Alice Farnham and Jessica Cottis as well as performing in unconducted orchestras and directing small ensembles from the piano. She played orchestral piano with the Shanghai Opera for the UK premier of their production of The Wager at the Barbican and performed as part of the scratch ensemble for SWAP’ra Gala at Opera Holland Park.

Natalie studied at Chetham’s School of Music and in 2014 graduated with first class honours in musicology from King’s College London with piano at the Royal Academy of Music. She studied at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama where she was a fellow and gained her Masters with distinction under Eugene Asti and Andrew West. She continues her studies with Susan Manoff.

Last updated: Aug 2020