Elaine Huckle. Classical Singer.

Elaine's singing gifts were recognised whilst attending Trinity College in her early years. During this period she sang at London venues and found herself on Top of the Pops.

She performed in the televised production of Benvenuto Cellini for the Berlioz Festival in Lyons and many other productions around Europe working with conductors such as John McCarthy and Sir Charles Mackerras.

Elaine is now well known for her concerts and oratoria work including the Holy City CD which she produced with the organist Andrew Fletcher for Cancer Research UK. Birmingham Conservatoire has shown considerable interest in this versatile and dynamic singer which prompted them to publish an article about her career and life.

Elaine has performed for Conservation at the Yorkshire Wildlife Park and also at St John's Smith Square.

Latest News

  • Elaine's work is now being included in an audio delivery made to Discovery Communications (parent company of television networks The Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, and more) in early August 2013.

  • Elaine has recently signed a Contract with Parma Recordings where they are remastering and rereleasing some of her Music and distributing it through Naxos.

  • Elaine is a CLASSIC FM FOUNDATION HERO as she has collected a great deal of money from her original CD, "The Voice of Elaine Huckle" and given it to disadvantaged children. She expects to be able to give a donation from the new CD as well.

Biography

Elaine Huckle started singing in her early years at Trinity College with Irene Bell. During this period she sang at London Venues and also backed Peter Skellern's records. She continued her studies with Mavis Bennett and then had opportunities to perform in the televised production of Benvenuto Cellini in the Berlioz Festival in Lyons. During this period she travelled throughout Europe with John McCarthy and Pro Musica Chorus and studied with coaches from Birmingham Conservatoire Stuart Smith and Janet Edmunds.

The Birmingham Conservatoire has shown great interest in Elaine and has written an article in their magazine about her life and career. Elaine now sings as a soloist in recitals and oratoria throughout the country.

Unfortunately, because of cancer her career was put on hold, but during this time she made a CD with Andrew Fletcher as organist for Cancer Research. Elaine worked with many schools during this period including King Edward VI School (Camp Hill) orchestra and choir and King Edward VI School (Five Ways) in Birmingham. She also performed with Robert Hamwee and Pro Musica Chorus and the Birmingham Conservatoire Orchestra. Anna Morris (Cellist) and Elaine performed arias from Julius Caesar and The Messiah.

Elaine is also very versatile and has sung at many places such as the Crystal Glass Centre and Burnham Market Festival, singing old favourites by Ivor Novello as well as Rule Britannia and Land of Hope and Glory. Sargents have worked with Elaine in Birmingham with the Midlands Hospital Choir and the Midlands Sinfonia. Nigel Morley conducted a Summer Concert where she performed Weber and Schubert. She sang with Andrew Jackman and his choir, the Cecilian Singers and Solihull School Chapel Choir and St Martins Girls Choir. Here she performed works by Cilea and Mascagni and contrasting folk songs.

Elaine has taken part in many radio interviews and Birmingham, West Midlands and Saga Radio have played her music. Last Christmas she sang in a final concert as she left Birmingham including South Birmingham Schools, all the proceeds of this went to Malawi. She also sang in Banbury in 2007 with Roddie Williams and the Accompanist of the Year. Louis Demetrius Alvanis heard her sing and asked her to perform at St John's Smith Square. Consequently Elaine is a singer who is gaining recognition not only for her fight against cancer but also for her powerful and beautiful voice and she now works with international artists from all over the world.

Concerts featuring outstanding International Artists at Kempston and Biddenham.

The 2008 Kempston and Biddenham International Festival commenced on 26 April with a piano recital by Louis Demetrius Alvanis. The recital featured works by Mozart, Chopin, Ravel and Debussy. Alvanis performs throughout Europe and in the USA every season, and his numerous CD recordings have been highly acclaimed by the international press. The next event in the series was a song recital on 3rd May given by Elaine Huckle with Ian Clarke on the piano. The programme included works by Handel, Brahms and Wagner. Elaine Huckle sings as a soloist in recitals and oratorio throughout the UK. Her CD 'The Holy City ' has been a huge success. A solo cello recital by David Johnstone on 7th June featured contemporary world music composed for unaccompanied cello from 1966 to the present day. Johnstone's recent CD release for Warner Music reached the top ten in the European i-tunes charts. The series continues with a solo violin recital with Silvano Minella playing unaccompanied works by Bach at St James' Church, Biddenham. Minella is a distinguished international soloist and professor at the Milan Conservatory. This year's Festival finishes on 5th July with a piano recital by Paolo Vairo at All Saints Church, Kempston. The programme includes works by Chopin and Schumann. Paolo Vairo is based in the USA where he is Artist in Residence at Temple University, Philadelphia; he makes a welcome return appearance at the Festival.

Elaine with Louis Alvanis, Ayako Yoshida and Ian Clarke

Elaine performed at All Saints Kempston on 1st July 2011. Songs by Saint-Saens,Ravel and Rachmaninov.

Elaine with Louis Alvanis and Ian Clarke

One of Concerts where I shared the platform with Louis Demetruis Alvanis and Ian Clarke where I sang Elgar and Wagner. A night to remember for me.

Testimonials

Louis Alvanis

"'Music for a While' is yet another excellent CD and I particularly enjoyed the Bach"

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"The outstanding mezzo-soprano Elaine Huckle has received acclaim from an early age, lauded for childhood performances of well-known liturgical works and solo recitals through adulthood. Highly recommended."

Carol Perla

"Elaine Huckle yet again regaled us with a most varied repertoire of songs, with her beautiful voice full of rich tones. The skill in using her voice to its considerable range, with its lightness of touch when required, was impressive. Elaine is a consummate and engaging performer and her anecdotes and explanations are very effective."

Paul Fricker

"Rarely have I encountered a soprano who has communicated so effectively with the audience as Elaine."

Anne Simpson

"I have recently had so much enjoyment and pleasure out of listening to Elaine’s wonderful voice. Both Ian and Elaine complement each other. The whole CD and choice of music is outstanding. It is so wonderful to think the CD is being sold for Charity."

Dilwar Hussain

"Elaine Huckle's powerful voice, combined with beautiful music really takes you to another world. A great listen for fans of classical music, even first time listeners will resonate with the stunning sound of musical eloquence."

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Dr. John Sentamu - Archbishop of York

"Thank you for your CD which I was delighted to receive. I know we shall enjoy listening to it very much, particularly 'How Beautiful are the Feet'."

Trudi Bellinger - Video Director and Music Producer

"Elaine is a remarkable classical singer blessed with an amazing and beautiful voice. She has an incredible voice as well as a lovely personality and I would not hesitate to recommend her for Concerts and recording purposes."

Paul Jamie Turnbull

"I have found the music of Elaine Huckle deeply moving and at the same time very relaxing and therapeutic. She has the ability to set your mind at rest and promote calm and thoughtful feelings. I have only just discovered Elaine's music but listen to it regularly whilst driving or to unwind in the evening."

Louis Demetrius Alvanis

"What a magnificent recital you gave on Saturday night! It was a superb performance - you held all of the audience's attention from the first note to the last, and your choice of repertoire was perfect. Everybody immensely enjoyed the evening and the whole event was a great success."

Helen Shaw - Area Community Development Worker

"The feedback from the audience has been superb. It really was an enormous achievement and fulfilled the wishes of the Arts 50 Alive! Network to be intergenerational, a cultural and musical experience. Thank you so much for your support.

Dr Jason Reddy, GP

“I can honestly say that this is one of the most relaxing cd’s that I have heard. I use it regularly on my long journeys to de-stress after a challenging day at work. There is very good medical evidence that the use of music therapies helps in a multitude of conditions ranging from anxiety and stress all the way through to stimulation of the brain in dementia and other disorders such as cerebral palsy. I would highly recommend this for anyone who has a love and appreciation of music of any sort.”

Janet Edmunds

"It is with pleasure that I record Elaine's devotion throughout the years to her singing. Triumphing over illness, she has steadfastly followed her star and, over time, achieved much, continually exploring and dedicating herself to many aspects of her art. She has appeared with considerable well-deserved success on many occasions, communicating with love, dedication and generosity her ever increasing repertoire."

My most recent CD is "Music for a While"

"Toward the Light"

Copies of the CD "Toward the Light" are available from Amazon.co.uk

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Elaine had had the opportunity to spread her wings and has extended her Concerts to other Churches in Bedfordshire. She has performed with other International Artists such as Anna Maria Stanczyk in her old haunt All Saints,Kempston but also worked with other wonderful International Artists icluding Robin Ward a Harpist from New Zealand. She has managed to combine her professional concerts with supporting Charities close to her heart: including local schools, other churches and the Classic FM Foundation.

Elaine was also pleased to work with a talented Bedford musician and composer Philip Bond on some music for another composer who has recently died.

You can see Elaine singing The Grief of Mary on Youtube.

On a National level Elaine is now performing and filming for a new and inspiring Musical which is full of fun.

Internationally, after her Release of 'Toward the Light' Elaine has recently been asked to record one of her Concerts with Ian Clarke for the USA.

Kempston & Biddenham International Music Festival - July 2012

Kempston & Biddenham International Music Festival - July 2011 (Review) and (Programme)

Kempston & Biddenham International Music Festival - April 2010

Kempston & Biddenham International Music Festival - April to July 2008

Kempston & Biddenham International Music Festival - 2006 (this was Elaine's first performance with Louis Alvanis and Paola Vairo)

St John's Smith Square International Concert Series - 2003/4 Season

Elaine was also involved in the Masterclass in Biddenham sponsored by Bedford Training Holdings Ltd

Concerts

  • Together we Stand
  • Elaine will be performing for Cancer Research UK on October 11th at St. Mark's Church, Brickhill, Bedford, commencing 6.30 pm.
    Tickets £12, Student & OAPs £10, under 16s free.

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