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'A Evening with Alison Buchanan'

Thursday, 06 October, 2016

Alison Buchanan, a renowned figure in opera circles, will perform from 7:30 to 10 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 6, in College Church.

Buchanan has sung to audiences around the world and still has honors bestowed on her. Most recently, she gave a recital in St. Louis commemorating the 45th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King.

The city of St Louis conferred the Award of Merit on Buchanan and officially declared April 4, 2013, "Alison Buchanan Day" in St. Louis.

About Alison Buchanan:
When her grandparents Donald and Nora Harding of Kendal Hill, Christ Church, Barbados, came to live in England, they had no idea that their granddaughter would become immersed in the world of classical music. Although Donald Harding was a learned man, there was no culture of classical music and no appreciation for opera in the family.

Buchanan's parents Keith and Lena Harding listened to soul music and reggae, but her father had a handful of opera albums and Johann Strauss waltzes. She would play them and developed an interest in learning an instrument. She learnt to play various instruments and excelled at the violin and viola, which she played in the Bedfordshire County Youth Orchestra, but once her voice was discovered, this became her passion and soon she was on her way to an extraordinary career and life.

After being given her first scholarship, Buchanan studied at the Watford School of Music and her father would drive her every Tuesday, a journey that might take over two-and-a-half hours there and back just for a 30-minute lesson.

When still only 15 years old, she auditioned and got into the very prestigious Glyndebourne Festival Opera in Sussex and was the youngest singer ever to be engaged to sing in the full-time chorus.