April Koyejo

Award: Postgraduate Award

Year: 2016

Genre: Classical

Instrument/voice type: Soprano

Location: Royal College of Music

April Atinuke Koyejo is a young soprano and a Masters performance student at the Royal College of Music under the tutelage of Vocal Professor Amanda Roocroft

She was a part of Les Sirenes, ‘an all female choir’ as they gained first prize in the BBC ‘Choir of the year’ competition 2012’. She has participated in masterclasses in the UK and America, with professionals such as Edith Wiens, David Drummond, Michael Phillip Davis and Patricia Hay.

Over the past few years April has taken part in many opera scenes, she has performed roles such as Gluck’s Euridice, Puccini’s Angelica from Suor Angelica, Monteverdi’s Poppea, Bess from Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess and the role of Narrator in Britten’s Rape of Lucretia. April has sung at many notable venues such as Sadlers Wells, the Southbank festival hall, The Barbican and as a Soloist at Westminister Cathedral, and the Notre Dame.

She sang in the Chorus in Delius’ Koanga with Pegasus Opera in 2007 and the following year sang the role of a Midinette in Il Tabarro with California Opera. In 2009, April sang Lakmé’s ‘Flower Duet’ with world renowned Soprano Nelly Miricioiu at a gala concert.

Last year, she has achieved a ‘First Class Honours’ from the Royal Conservatoire, where she studied under Wilma MacDougall. She performed the role of Marguerite in Gounod’s Faust as part of the RCS Opera Scenes, part of the chorus in Vaughan Williams, ‘Sir John in Love’.

Recently, April has performed the roles of Ellen Orford (Peter Grimes) and Countess (Figaro) and First Lady (Die Zauberflöte) in the RCM Opera scenes. She has also taken part in the Hispania Piano Festival and performed selections from Carmina Burana with chorus and orchestra.

April is honoured to be a Leverhulme Arts Scholar and to be a continuing Help Musicians UK Postgraduate Award recipient, she is grateful for their support.