Saturday 18 Jun 2016, 7:30pm
St John's Smith Square, London, SW1P 3HA

The Otakar Kraus Music Trust is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. An independent charity established by Dr. Margaret Lobo, it provides music therapy for people of all ages who have physical, psychological, behavioural, learning or emotional difficulties. It also helps to promote music therapy generally. The OKMT firmly believes that every child, irrespective of its disabilities, is worthy of respect and entitled to the best quality of life attainable. It provides over 2,000 individual and 300 group music therapy sessions each year. It does not turn its back on anyone and will do everything in its power to help those who need its services.

Otakar Kraus (1909 - 1980) was a great Czech/British operatic baritone and teacher. He was born in Prague and studied there and in Milan. From 1936 to 1939 he sang as principal baritone at the Slovak National Theatre in Bratislava. He moved to England in 1940 and appeared with the Carl Rosa Opera Company, the English Opera Group and the Netherlands Opera. In 1951 he joined the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and sang there until 1973. He was the teacher of a number of important British basses, including Robert Lloyd CBE, Sir Willard White, and Sir John Tomlinson and Gwynne Howell CBE who are patrons of the OKMT. He died in London, and a memorial concert took place at St John's, Smith Square.

W.A. Mozart: Overture to The Marriage of Figaro, KV. 492

S. Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor, Op. 30

A. Dvorak: Symphony No. 9 in E minor, "From the New World", Op. 95

Ana Sinkovec Burstin - piano

Samuel Burstin - conductor

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