Rhinegold Photo credit: Richard Hubert Smith
The cyclists arrive at the London Coliseum

Katy Wright

Deputy Editor, Classical Music

SongCycle 2016 reaches its finale

11:42, 2nd August 2016

A group of opera singers have completed a 605-mile charity cycle ride in aid of Help Musicians UK.

Singers Ailish Tynan, Nicky Spence, Mary Bevan, Louise Alder, Anna Devin, Timothy Connor, Emma Kerr, Peter Aisher, Nick Pritchard and Cardiff Singer of the World official accompanist Simon Lepper set off from the Scottish Opera headquarters in Glasgow on 24 July, arriving at the London Coliseum on 31 July.

Photo: Richard Hubert Smith
Photo: Richard Hubert Smith

They were joined by Brindley Sherratt for the final leg of the journey.

The musicians gave performances, masterclasses, talks and workshops on physical and mental wellbeing in classical music along the way.

They marked their arrival at the Coliseum with a celebratory concert and a Q&A with Radio 3’s Donald Macleod.

The musicians have raised more than £18,000 for Help Musicians UK, but are still hoping to reach £25,000. Click here to donate.

Nicky Spence said: ‘Myself and my thighs (which are not currently part of my persona) are so very grateful to everybody who has made SongCycle such a success!

‘It was a real memory maker to undertake such a gruelling task which certainly had highs and lows which went way past the hills themselves.

‘From falling down a ravine to the stunning vistas viewed through every kind of weather formation possible, it certainly kept us going to know that each of those 605 miles were making such a difference to people which can be helped by Help Musicians UK.’


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