AN OPERA singer from Marlow is bringing her glamorous trio to her hometown for the first time next month to play a concert in memory of her late grandfather.
Classically trained Alexandra Wynn, who grew up in Marlow Bottom, formed The Sirens four years ago after meeting her fellow singers while studying at the Royal Northern College of Music.
The award-winning trio, who share a love of opera and classical music, have sung to audiences at the O2 and the Emirates Stadium and are currently working on their first album.
Singing everything from opera arias to pop classics, the three highly trained performers bring their unique three-part harmonies to a variety of musical styles.
And while Alexandra is passionate about bringing classical music to new audiences, the 23-year-old insists hardcore opera fans won’t be alienated by the group’s eclectic approach.
She said: "My mum is a music teacher and so I have always been inspired by music. When I chose to go and study a four-year opera course aged 18 I didn’t quite know what I was letting myself for!
"As an art form, opera is just amazing, but it can be quite intense and we realise it’s not for everyone.But we’re all trained opera singers and we try our best to bring it to everybody and make it accessible and most of all enjoyable.
"We don’t believe in dumbing down the art form but there’s a way to bring it people to make it more accessible and that’s what we try to do at our concert with a range of styles.
"We don’t want to alienate anyone, and our music is completely accessible to all sorts of people. Even those who watch opera regularly, it’s a good variety and having three opera singers harmoning together is unique."
The seductive image conjured up by the group’s Greek mythological name is certainly not lost on its members.
But unlike their musical counterparts in ancient Greece who lured sailors to shipwreck with their honeyed tones, Alexandra claims the glamourous feminine image of the group is part and parcel of the operatic world.
She said: "Obviously part of our work is corporate work so the image is important for us as we have to make a living on what we’re doing.
"We’re definitely not trying to be over seductive, we all wanted to look classical and not to go other the top.
"I don’t feel it’s an essential part of what we do, but if you go to see an opera trio people do expect certain things and it definitely works visually."
Alexandra, along with trio companions Jennifer Coleman and Meinir Roberts, bring their unique brand of classical style to All Saints Church in Marlow on April 5 in a concert organised in aid of The Stroke Association.
It is a cause close to Alexandra’s heart, having recently lost her grandfather to a second stroke and with members of her family having also supported the charity in their own fundraising endeavours.
She said: "They do a hell of a lot of work around the county. People don't realise strokes can affect young people as well as older people.
"Theres many worthy causes but this is the one that is closest to me. I chose the venue because family members christened ther beayufugl chuch, fod location."
Tickets cost £10 for adults and £5 for concessions and are available at the box office on 01628 483597.
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