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University of Cumbria professors set for Rosehill Theatre debut

Opera singers Graeme Danby and Valerie Reid, who are also Professors of Practice at the University of Cumbria, will make their Rosehill Theatre debut on Sunday 27 January

Two international opera singers who are also Professors of Practice at the University of Cumbria will make their Rosehill Theatre debut this month.

Husband and wife Graeme Danby and Valerie Reid present Across the Atlantic at the Whitehaven venue on Sunday 27 January, in which they will celebrate the words, humour and music of British duo Flanders and Swann alongside the wit of American satirist Tom Lehrer.

With accompanist Lydia Newlands, they will perform a host of favourites such as The Gnu, A Transport of Delight, The Hippopotamus, The Gasman Cometh, I Hold Your Hand In Mine, The Irish Ballad, Agnes and Poisoning Pigeons In The Park.

Graeme was born in County Durham and studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London. In an operatic career that spans over 30 years he is recognised as one of the most prolific character bass soloists of his generation.

Mezzo-soprano Valerie studied at the former Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (now the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland), the National Opera Studio and Banff Centre for the Arts, Canada. She was the first opera singer to perform on the Pyramid stage at Glastonbury.

At the University of Cumbria, Graeme deals with the day-to-day running and planning of the performing arts team, alongside being strategic lead on many national projects, and Valerie focuses on vocal development.

Across the Atlantic begins at 3pm and tickets are available from 01946 692422 or

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