Lesley Anne studied Piano and Flute at Trinity College of Music, The Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and The National Opera Studio. Lesley Anne joined the music staff at Scottish Opera, playing for many productions with Sir Alexander Gibson.
Lesley Anne worked at Il Teatro Massimo di Palermo, Amsterdam at De Nederlandse Opera, Glyndebourne Festival & Touring Opera, English National Opera, English Touring Opera, Opera North, Royal Opera House, Grange Park Opera, Opera Holland Park, Longborough Festival Opera, ROH2, European Opera Centre and New Sussex Opera.
She is also an Associate Lecturer at Chichester University, teaching, coaching and nurturing young people in Classical Singing, Piano Accompaniment and Musical Theatre.
Lesley Anne has conducted Opera Holland Park with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (Madama Butterfly, I Barbiere di Siviglia) and Longborough Festival Opera (Die Zauberflote)
In 2019 Lesley Anne arranged La Calisto, Cavalli for Longborough Festival Opera for The Barefoot Band to much critical acclaim.
Lucy Mulgan joined Barefoot Opera in 2014 as a double bassist and is part of the creative team for Bloom Britannia as a workshop leader and improviser …
In 2018 Lucy was commissioned by Jenny Miller to compose Red! an interactive opera for 8 – 10 year olds which will be premiered in four primary schools in Hastings in early 2020.
Lucy plays in a variety of music styles from opera to pop, from big band jazz to the avant garde. She has a PhD in Composition (University of York, UK 2003) and a Jazz Performance Diploma (Wellington Conservatorium of Music, NZ 1992).
Her music has been performed by the BBC Philharmonic, NZSO, Northern Sinfonia, juice vocal ensemble, London Gay Men’s Chorus and broadcast on BBC World (TV), BBC Radio 3 & 4, Radio NZ and Concert FM (NZ).
Clarinettist Andrew Sparling is a member of the new music group Lontano, and has played as guest in many others including the London Sinfonietta at the opening of Tate Modern and in Carnegie Hall …
He played for Almeida Opera for 14 years, and also for The Opera Group, on tour and in several departments of Selfridge’s. On classical and baroque period instruments he has been guest-principal of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment at Glyndebourne and Covent Garden, and on the BBC TV series “The Genius of Mozart” in which he also acted the role of Mozart’s friend and fellow Freemason Anton Stadler.
Previously for Barefoot Opera he has sung Morales / Zuniga, Dr Dulcamara, Schaunard, and Giove in La Calisto; for other companies roles include Alfio / Tonio, Don Alfonso, Geronte, Talbot, Sir Thomas Bertram and Gianni Schicchi.
[Credit for photo: Lester Barnes]