Julie Aherne, Musical Director
A keen advocate for community singing, in addition to her work with Bisley Ladies Choir Julie works as a piano accompanist for several choirs in the local area, as well as for the Association of British Choral Directors. She is a music coach for the organisation Melofonetica, who provide training in the science and art of sung Italian, and a co-founder and company director of The Black Cat Opera Company.
Julie studied music at Royal Holloway, University of London, studying piano with James Kirby, and later with Matthew Stanley. She gives regular recitals as a soloist, chamber musician and accompanist, and has performed concertos by Bach, Mozart, Grieg, and Finzi.
In 2013 Julie co-founded The Black Cat Opera Company, of which she is Company Director and Répétiteur. With Black Cat Opera she has worked on productions of Don Giovanni, Così Fan Tutte, Carmen, Falstaff, and La Bohème, as well as gala evenings and high-profile corporate engagements. In August 2016 the company was invited to take their production of Così Fan Tutte to the Birgitta Festival, Tallinn, for which Julie played harpsichord continuo alongside the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra.
Engagements in 2018 include Donizetti’s Rita in Berwick-upon-Tweed, The Beggar’s Opera in Oborne, and performances at the Northumberland Music Festival and for Andover Music Club. She will also return to coach and accompany in Bassano del Grappa for the Veneto Opera Summer School with Melofonetica.