SOLIHULL Symphony Orchestra's Autumn Concert features soprano Zoë Milton-Brown singing Richard Strauss's Four Last Songs.
Written during the last few months of his life, the settings of poems by Hesse and Eichendorff are accompanied by some of the most hauntingly beautiful orchestral music ever written.
Born in South Wales, Zoë graduated from Christ's College, Cambridge, where she was a choral scholar, before studying singing with Italian soprano Iris Dell'Acqua.
She has participated in masterclasses in London with Philip Langridge and Vienna with Paul Hamburger as well as being invited to appear in concerts and masterclasses in the Festival International d'Eté de Nice.
Operatic engagements have included Pamina in The Magic Flute (Opera South East), Susanna in The Marriage of Figaro (Opera Festival Utrecht), Zerlina in Don Giovanni and Papagena in The Magic Flute (Opera Project), Leïla in The Pearl Fishers and Anne Page The Merry Wives of Windsor (Surrey Opera) and Clorinda in La Cenerentola (Operafour).
Last summer, she played Gilda in Verdi's Rigoletto with the Birmingham Chamber Orchestra in Bromsgrove.
Recent concert engagements include Mozart's Requiem in the Matthias Church, Budapest, and Haydn's Nelson Mass. Zoë has given recitals in the UK and France and has appeared as the soprano soloist in a BBC programme on Baroque arias and accompaniment.
She recently won an entrance scholarship to the Royal Northern College of Music where she is currently completing her studies with David Maxwell Anderson.
Solihull Music Director Martin Leigh said, "Strauss' Four Last Songs are particular favourites of mine, and it's a great pleasure to welcome a singer of Zoë's calibre to perform them with us."
The concert, which is at Shirley Methodist Church at 19:30 on Saturday November 29 also features Honegger's Pacific 231 and Vaughan-Williams' London Symphony. Tickets are available from the orchestra website (www.solihullsym-phony.org.uk), from Marie Curie Cancer Care shops or from the Solihull Box Office (0121 704 6962).