Rich Tea Entertainment
Who we are
Based in south-west France, Rich Tea Entertainment is a professional vocal quintet with piano accompaniment. Whether it's the jazz age, Edwardian parlour songs, Ivor Novello, Gilbert & Sullivan or wartime hits, Rich Tea Entertainment has music for every occasion.
Miles Clery-Fox Musical Director/Piano
Miles divides his working life between opera and music theatre. A member of the music staff of the Théâtre du Capitole in Toulouse since 2004, he was previously music director of The Phantom of the Opera, Cats, Sunset Boulevard and Les Misérables in the West End, Los Angeles, Chicago, Hamburg as well as other major venues in the USA and Europe. Other shows as MD include Evita, Hairspray, Oliver! and My Fair Lady. Miles is regularly invited to the Ópera Nacional de Chile in Santiago as guest coach and has served as pianist, coach and Assistant MD at the Opéra National du Rhin in Strasbourg, Teatro La Fenice in Venice, the Teatro Sao Carlo in Lisbon, the Opéra-Théâtre de Metz and Grange Park Opera in the UK. In 2008 he founded Lieder am Berghof, a recital series in Lech, Austria featuring major international opera soloists such as Klaus Florian Vogt, Maité Beaumont, Tommy Hakala, Michaela Kaune and Markus Eiche, and served on the music staff of the Bayreuth Festival from 2004 - 2015. His 2009 recording of Alfred Bruneau's Messidor is available on DVD.
Eve Hirsch Soprano
Eve Hirsch is an experienced concert and stage artist who has performed in Australasia, Continental Europe and the UK. After graduating with a Bachelor of Music (University of Auckland) she went on to complete a Graduate Diploma of Vocal Performance (Queensland Conservatorium) studying under Joseph Ward OBE. Amongst numerous awards she culminated her studies in 1999 with a Churchill Fellowship and in 2003 was a finalist in the Wagner Society's Bayreuth Bursary, the UK's most prestigious Wagnerian competition. She has performed solo with many orchestras, among others: Queensland Pops Orchestra in Australia, the Brandenburg Sinfonia, London, and, to an audience of 6000, the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. Her operatic roles range from Michaela in Carmen and the Countess in The Marriage of Figaro to the Wagnerian roles of Freia (Rheingold) and Gutrune (Götterdämmerung). Eve has a passion for 20th Century and chamber music, and has performed a number of contemporary world premiers. More recently, alongside appearing with Rich Tea Entertainment, Eve has played the role of Nancy in Oliver! and will appear next year as the Mother Abbess in The Sound of Music.
Carlos Perez Tenor
Venezuelan born, Carlos spent most of his youth and early adult life in the UK where he studied music, singing, piano and oboe at the Cambridgeshire College of Arts and Technology (now the Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge) and singing at the renowned Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. He sang with the Trinity Singers and toured with them to Italy in 1984. A regular member of John McCarthy's Ambrosian Opera Chorus, Carlos performed in Aida at Earls Court in 1988 and toured Japan in 1989 with Carmen. His work with the D’Oyly Carte Opera Company saw him understudy the Defendant in Gilbert and Sullivan's Trial by Jury which toured Great Britain and Los Angeles in 1990. Carlos was a member of the Opera de Lyon Chorus from 1990 till 1992 and has been in the chorus of the Théâtre du Capitole in Toulouse since 1992 where he has performed many solo parts.
James McKirdy Baritone
James McKirdy was born in the village of Shotts in Scotland, once described as “a cultural oasis in the desert of Lanarkshire”. In Glasgow, he studied piano and voice privately with, respectively,
Angela Dale and Winifred Busfield, before moving to Edinburgh to work where he continued his vocal studies with Dorothy Robertson of Scottish Opera. He performed with a number of amateur light opera and operetta companies in Edinburgh, playing roles such as Count Danilo in The Merry Widow and the title role in Johann Strauss’s The Gipsy Baron. James also sang with the choir of Old St.Paul's Church. After moving to France in 2000, he gained a degree in Art History with the Open University and continued his love of operetta by performing the role of Larivaudiere in La Fille de Madame Angot and the Comte de Pontcourlay in Les Mousquetaires au Couvent with Les Folies Champetres.
Roddy Somerville Baritone
Born and brought up in Edinburgh, Roddy Somerville joined the St Giles Cathedral Choir at the age of 16. At St Andrews University he sang extensively, touring with groups to France, Spain, Austria, Germany and Ireland. After working in London for three years he returned to Edinburgh to start his own business specialising in the sale of antique and modern playing cards. He performed with the Scottish Philharmonic Singers and with the Edinburgh Gilbert & Sullivan Society including rare performances of Sullivan’s only grand opera Ivanhoe (King Richard). He also sang in the Scottish première of the Lloyd Webber Requiem. In 2000 he moved to France, singing with Voces Intimae for several years and touring with them to many parts of Europe and Morocco. He now works as a copy editor and proofreader of cardiological texts. 2018 marks the 50th anniversary of his first recording as a solo artiste, singing the role of the Captain in the first recording of Benjamin Britten’s The Golden Vanity, written for the Vienna Boys’ Choir.