An opera singer was left “so angry” after the horrific fire at Grenfell Tower in June that she has arranged a fundraising concert in London.

Nazan Fiktret, who grew up in Enfield, woke up to the news in her home in South Oxhey on her 30th birthday. She says: “I was on my way into opera rehearsals and wasn’t able to get it out of my mind, this tragic event really resonated with me.

“I’m so angry about what’s happened as for me it represents everything that’s wrong with our society - ignore the poor and cut corners, until avoidable tragedy strikes.”

Nazan went to school at Enfield County School and trained nearby at Ayres Clark Theatre School & Maxine Everett (ACTS). She has been singing opera around the world since the age of 11, currently performed as Euridice for Longborough Festival Opera, and studied singing at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in the City of London, at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, finishing in 2013.

She explains: “As a musician, I don’t have a huge amount of money, but I do have my talent and was determined to do a concert to raise funds for relief efforts. I envisaged a church hall, a honky-tonky piano and a few friends.

“What it’s ended up is much bigger - a high profile venue, famous opera singers, orchestral players, conductors, pianists, programme designers, printers all donating their services and talents for free.”

BBC Radio 3’s Petroc Trelawny will present the concert on September 17, at Cadogan Hall, with an orchestra made up of members from Philharmonia, Royal Opera House Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and others.

The first half will include solo songs by Schubert, Schumann, Strauss and Quilter, followed by the Super Orchestra accompanying Ailish Tynan and Christine Rice in the Evening Prayer from Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel, an extract from Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde sung by Stuart Skelton and Lee Bisset, the Quartet from Rigoletto, and the full company singing the Sanctus from Fauré’s Requiem.

Part Two will be launched with a performance of I’ll Sing by award-winning composer Rebecca Dale, and will carry on via Mozart’s Così fan tutte, Le nozze di Figaro and Die Zauberflöte, to Puccini’s Tosca with Natalya Romaniw singing Vissi d’arte, and Keel Watson and Gweneth-Ann Rand in Bess, you is my woman now from Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess. The pick of today’s most promising young singers will perform Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music.

All musicians and performers have given their time for free to help raise as much as possible for the relief efforts. Funds will be donated to Grief Encounter who support bereaved children and their families and Rugby Portobello Trust who helps young people to build their community.

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