The Burrell Collection

Coffee Cadenzas with Kickstart Opera | Discovering Degas

Coffee Cadenzas with Kickstart Opera | Discovering Degas
Free - Drop-in - no ticket required
Dates and times
20th Jul 2024
10:00AM - 12:00PM
All ages

Coffee Cadenzas is a community concert series by Kickstart Opera, inviting musicians from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland to share their music with the local community surrounded by artwork and of course...a cup of coffee! The aim is to provide accessibility to a variety of genres of music, support cultural hubs in the community and provide professional opportunity for emerging artists.

Join us at The Burrell Collection this June and July for the Summer programme. Starting at 10:30am, enjoy a short Collection talk followed by a live musical performance inspired by the collection (1 hr 30m including interval).

Coffees and other drinks and snacks will be available to purchase at our Benugo restaurant.

July 20th - Discovering Degas

A showcase of prized works of Degas will be brought to the stage through opera and song. 


 Claire Lumsden (Voice), Rachel McLean (Voice) & Max McWhirter (Piano)


3 Mélodies, deux duos et un trio, Op.2 Jules Massenet

V. Joie! (1842-1912)

Recit et air de Lia Claude Debussy

From L’enfant prodigue (1862-1918)

Fiançailles pour Rire Francis Poulenc

V. Violon (1899-1963)

VI. Fleurs

2 Duos, Op.11 Ernest Chausson

I. La nuit (1855 – 1899)

II. Réveil

Sous le dôme épais Léo Delibes

From Lakmé (1836 -1891)


Poèmes pour Mi Olivier Messiaen

I. Action de grâces (1908 – 1992)

Piano solo (Announced on the day)

Je dis, que rien ne m'épouvante Georges Bizet

From Carmen (1838 – 1875)

Six Songs, Op.17 Richard Strauss

II. Ständchen (1864 – 1949)

8 Gedichte aus ‘Letzte Blätter’

VIII. Allerseelen

Sull’aria W.A. Mozart

From Le nozze di Figaro (1756 – 1791)

Aber der Richtige Richard Strauss

From Arabella (1864 – 1949)

About the performers:

Inverness-born Scottish soprano Claire Lumsden is currently based in Glasgow. She completed her postgraduate studies at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland under the tutelage of Kathleen McKellar-Ferguson, and her Bachelor of Music with Honours at the University of Edinburgh whilst studying with soprano Irene Drummond.

She won first prize in the Elgar Spedding Memorial Lieder Prize with duo partner Alexandru Placinta, won third prize in the Hugh S Robertson Prize for Scottish Singing, and was a finalist for the Tovey Memorial Prize. In January 2023 she recorded 3 Songs for Molly Bloom with emerging American composer and conductor Luke Poeppel. In November 2021, she was the soprano soloist for Michael Giacchino’s Advent in ‘Vital Signs for the Planet’, a concert at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall for COP26, conducted by renowned American conductor Emil de Cou.

Scottish soprano, Rachel McLean, is currently based in Glasgow and is a Samling Artist. She completed her MMus in Vocal Performance at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland under Wilma MacDougall, after graduating from the RCS with a first class Bachelor of Music with Honours under Margaret Izatt. Rachel thrives in recitals and has won the Tony & Tania Webster Russian Song Prize with her duo partner Abhisri Chaudhuri, the Florence Veitch Ibler Prize for Oratorio performance, the Edith Brass Prize for Development in Lieder, and the Hugh S.Roberton Prize for Scottish Singing.

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