In the Spotlight - RNCM

Sat 6 July 2019

Sara Liber Salloum, lute & Vanessa Guinadi, soprano

We are delighted to celebrate our relationships with three great seats of learning – the Royal Northern College of Music, Chetham’s School of Music and the University of Derby – and to present recitals putting the rising stars of the future in the spotlight.

Sara Liber Salloum is a lute and archlute player currently studying the renowned ‘joint music course’ at the University of Manchester and Royal Northern College of Music. Of mixed Ukrainian and Lebanese heritage, Sara experienced a great deal of travel throughout her childhood. Although born in Liverpool, much of her school education took place in New Zealand. She also lived in London, Beirut, Oxford and Aberdeen before coming to study in Manchester.

Sara studied the classical guitar from the age of seven, winning awards both nationally and internationally in her teenage years. She was initially a guitar student at the RNCM, but her great passion and natural affinity for Renaissance music led her to become the RNCM’s very first principal-study lutenist. Sara is now in the final year of her degree at the RNCM where she is honoured to study with Jacob Heringman, one of the world’s most respected lute players.

Vanessa Guinadi is currently a third year undergraduate soprano studying at the Royal Northern College of Music under the tutelage of Deborah Rees. She previously studied at School of the Arts Singapore, a specialist music school, under Dr. Thomas Manhart and William Lim. She has a keen interest in Early Music and receives Historical Performance coaching from Roger Hamilton and Paula Chateauneuf. Vanessa was the soprano soloist in Handel’s Dixit Dominus with the Midlands Early Music Forum and in Handel’s Judas Maccabeus with the Border Marches Early Music Forum, both conducted by David Hatcher. Vanessa has also performed in lutesong recitals around Manchester at the Carole Nash Recital Room, Whitworth Art Gallery, Didsbury Methodist Church, St. Paul’s Church Withington and St. Ann’s Church. Upcoming engagements involve a concert of Monteverdi Duets in the RNCM Concert Hall in March 2019.

Sara and Vanessa appear by kind permission of the RNCM.