As an extension of The Cross Trusts 75th Anniversary celebrations it will be presenting four award-winning artists who will pay homage to musical traditions whilst simultaneously developing their own voices.

There will be performances from Anna Michels (classical piano), Murphy Robertson (classical saxophone), Luca Manning (jazz voice) and Iona Fyfe (traditional voice); showcasing Rachmaninov, contemporary works for Saxophone, Gerschwin and traditional song from the North East of Scotland. 

The Concert will take place on 24 May 2019 at 7.30pm at St Matthew’s Church. Tickets will go on sale to Festival Friends on 18 March 2019 and to the public on
25 March 2019.

More information is available on the Perth Festival of the Arts Website.

About the Artists

Luca Manning

Luca Manning is an award-winning Jazz vocalist and composer from Glasgow, Scotland. He is inspired by a wide range of artists and musical styles, as well as being firmly rooted in the tradition of jazz. Luca has had the opportunity to perform at various festivals across Scotland and the UK – opening for the likes of Georgie Fame and Becca Stevens. His ability as not just a consummate vocalist but a gifted improviser, continues to enthral audiences and shows maturity well beyond his years. 

Now resident in London, Luca is fast making a name for himself. He is in his first year at the Guildhall School of Music on the Bmus Jazz degree and already has played major London venues such as Ronnie Scott’s and Pizza Express Jazz Club in Soho. He has also become a vocal chair holder with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra since January and in December, was invited by Liane Carroll to guest on her sold-out Christmas show at Ronnie Scott's.

In 2018, Luca was voted ‘Rising Star’ at the Scottish Jazz Awards and was also nominated in the ‘Best Vocalist’ category. Luca was also a finalist in this year’s Young Scottish Jazz Musician of the year competition and in the summer, travelled to the University of the Pacific in California as one of three UK students selected to study at the renowned Brubeck Institute Summer Jazz Colony 2018.

Anna Michaels

Anna studied at the Junior Academy of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland under the tutelage of Professor Heather Slade-Lipkin and continued as her pupil when she moved to St Mary’s Music School in Edinburgh in 2013. Having given a solo performance at the Steinway Hall London at age 13, she blossomed and made her debut concerto performance with the Schumann Piano Concerto in the Final of the Edinburgh Music Festival. Shortly afterwards she won the Directors Recital Prize at St Mary’s and was delighted to win the Region 1 Young Rotarian Musician of the Year as well as placing third in the Rotary Great Britain and Ireland Competition Final.  

Anna is currently in her third year at Maastricht Conservatoire studying for a double Bachelor in Classical Piano and Music Theory. Since moving to the Netherlands, Anna has won the Maastricht Concerto Competition playing Mozart Concerto No. 20. She was awarded second prize at the Regional Final of Prinses Christina Concours and proceeded to the National Semi Final. With duo partner Anne Willem she placed 4thfrom 450 duos at the International Swedish Duo Competition, and with her trio “Trio Santres” placed 2nd in the Anton Garcia Abril International Chamber Music Competition in Spain. She was privileged to give a lecture recital at the London International Piano Symposium on her research into interpretation of Scottish composers. As a Falkirk lass Anna was honored to be awarded the Falkirk Civic Trust ‘Young Personality of the Year’ for 2017 and is delighted to be performing Grieg Piano Concerto with the Falkirk Tryst Orchestra in May 2019.

Iona Fyfe

Aberdeenshire folksinger, Iona Fyfe, has become one of Scotland’s finest young ballad singers, rooted deeply in the singing traditions of the North East of Scotland. Winner of Scots Singer of the Year at the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards 2018, Iona has been described as “one of the best Scotland has to offer.”  (Global-Music.deWith a number of high-profile appearances under her belt, Iona, a mere 21 years of age, has spent 2018 performing in the UK, Poland, France, Germany, Austria, Italy, Switzerland and Canada.

A sell-out show at Edinburgh Fringe Festival for two consecutive years, Iona was a finalist in the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year and won the Molloy Award at Birmingham Irish Trad Fest. In 2018, Iona performed at Interceltique Festival De Lorient where she was described as “a Scottish folksinger, magical and charismatic” (Rolling Stone, France). She was nominated for “One to Watch” and “Best Live Performance” at the Sunday Herald Scottish Culture Awards 2018.

Her debut album Away From My Window was held to critical acclaim and received nationwide airplay on programmes such as BBC Radio 2 The Folk Show with Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 6 Gideon Coe, BBC Radio Scotland’s Travelling Folk, Take The Floor and BBC Radio Nan Gaidheal. 

The album features fresh interpretations of ballads, self-penned and contemporary songs alike, whilst sampling source singers such as Lizzie Higgins and Stanley Robertson and remaining sympathetic to the song tradition of which Iona grew up around. Produced by Jani Lang, of Dallahan, Away From My Window features a stellar folk line-up of musicians featuring Luc McNally, Tim Edey, Charlie Grey, Simon Gall, Ross Miller Graham Rorie, David Foley, and Charlie Stewart. 

Murphy Robertson

Murphy Robertson started her musical journey as a trumpet player playing regularly in bands such as Perthshire Brass Band and Perth Youth Orchestra. She took up the saxophone in 2012 studying with Philip Alexander. She attended the Saturday Academy at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland before taking up a place at Douglas Academy specialist music school in Glasgow in 2014. In the same year, she was a prizewinner in the Royal Academy of Scotland Woodwind competition, performed a concerto with Glasgow Wind Band at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and won the Perth Youth Orchestra concerto competition. This gave her the opportunity to perform the Herni Tomasi Saxophone Concerto with the orchestra in venues such as Perth Concert Hall and Greyfriars Church as part of Edinburgh Fringe.

She is currently in her final year at Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London and studies with Christian Forshaw and Martin Robertson. Since coming to Guildhall, Murphy has collaborated with composers Graham Fitkin and John Harle in projects at Cheltenham Music Festival. She is also a keen instrumental doubler and has played in shows in central and greater London such as Made In Dagenham, Crazy for You, and Circus of Bones. Murphy’s love lies in chamber music, and regularly plays with her saxophone quartet Albatross Saxophone Quartet giving recitals, masterclasses and workshops regularly across London and Cambridge.

Murphy will be touring in Scotland and Ireland with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra of Scotland this summer under the direction of Malcom Edmonstone and Andrew Bain. She will also be performing as a part of a side-to-side London Symphony Orchestra in the Barbican in London in June under the baton of Sir Simon Rattle, playing bass saxophone. 

Testimonials from the Performers can be found on our Testimonials of Beneficiaries page or by clicking the names of the Performers above.