Two first-class performers

Soprano Louise Alder and pianist John Paul Ekins, both sponsored by the Munster Trust, will perform for the Nicholas Yonge Society in Lewes at the Sussex Downs College on January 24 at 7.15 for 7.45pm.

Their programme includes songs by Debussy, Poulenc, Boulanger and Strauss.

Louise Alder graduated with first-class honours from Edinburgh University and joined the Royal College of Music in 2010 where she gained a distinction in her masters. Last year, she graduated from the International Opera School with the prestigious Tagore Gold Medal as the inaugural Kiri Te Kanawa scholar.

John Paul Ekins graduated in 2009 from the Royal College of Music with first-class honours and from the Guildhall with a distinction in his masters in 2011. His numerous international appearances both as a soloist and as a chamber musician have included playing Rhapsody in Blue at the Royal Albert Hall with the Southern Sinfonia.

Details of the concert are on the website www.nyslewes.org.uk. Single tickets cost £14 at the door (eight-25 year-olds free, sponsored by the Cavatina Chamber Music Trust), in advance at www.ticketsource.co.uk/nyslewes/ or in person from Lewes Travel.