Karen has performed much of the major oratorio repertoire ranging from early baroque, through Bach, Handel, Haydn, Mozart and Mendelssohn, to such large scale works as Verdi’s Requiem and Dvořák’s Stabat Mater.
She is a regular soloist throughout the UK and the Isle of Man and has been a frequent performer at the Latour de France and the Uzerche festival in France. She has also performed twice as soprano soloist at a major music festival in Malta and once in Jordan with the national Federation of Music Societies.
Other highlights of her career in oratorio have included Elijah in New York, Messiah in Sydney, Australia (twice) and Sullivan’s Light of the World in Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral. Also, in August 2016, she was proud to have taken part in a concert at the Erin Arts Centre called Music and Memories, a re-enactment of a concert given in 1940 by women internees on the Isle of Man. This was attended by Richard Wagner’s great granddaughter.
Karen is also at home on the stage. Her operatic roles include Mimi (La Bohème), Zerlina (Don Giovanni), Michaela (Carmen), and Venus (Tannhäuser). She has also performed, with the Manx Gilbert and Sullivan Society, most of the leading soprano roles in the repertoire of Gilbert and Sullivan.
Karen is very proud to have performed regularly with the IOMCS and the IOMSO. Highlights have included Strauss’ Four Last Songs, Messiah, Elijah plus works and arias by Verdi, Puccini, Brahms and many others.
Karen now spends a lot of time directing the Island’s WI choir, Mraane Ayns Arrane, which went to Bruges in October 2017 to perform two concerts and sing at the Closing Ceremony at the Menin Gate.
Karen is also a regular performer and supporter of the Manx Music Festival in which she has won the coveted Cleveland Medal a record six times.