About Sforzando

Douglas Holligan

Douglas Holligan studied piano with Audrey Innes and Philip Fowke and is well known to audiences around Fife, Edinburgh and the Scottish Borders as a concerto soloist, solo performer and regular collaborator with a wide variety of instrumentalists/singers. He won many prizes for his playing and is a committed chamber musician, appearing with a variety of instrumentalists and singers (especially with the noted soprano, Madeleine Kearns). More recently, he has joined the St Andrews String Trio to form a Piano Quartet. Other collaborations have included orchestral work, featuring a performance of the Shostakovich Piano Concerto No.2.

Douglas has also performed in Masterclasses with Martin Roscoe, Catherine Vickers, Leslie Howard, Murray McLachlan and Anton Voigt and is renowned for a musically sensitive approach, a particular love of the eighteenth-century repertoire and a special fondness for Russian music; he also works as a wedding and church organist.

Douglas is also an alumnus of the University of St Andrews.

Madeleine Kearns

Madeleine Kearns graduated from the University of St Andrews in June 2015, during which time she maintained competitive vocal scholarships. She sung soprano for the St Salvator’s Chapel Choir, with whom she has toured and recorded multiple CDs. She was also a member of the University of St Andrews Madrigal Society and enjoyed tours around the UK and further afield. Madeleine has sung for Byre Opera (formerly St Andrews Opera) and made her operatic debut as Galatea in the 2013 production of ‘Acis and Galatea’; she was commended as “one to watch” by “The Friends of Scottish Opera” and also praised by “Opera Scotland” for her “sweet-toned” performance. Madeleine has also performed lead roles at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, including extracts from Mozart’s “Le Nozze di Figaro” and Bizet’s “Carmen”.

Madeleine has played the Plaintiff, Gianetta, Aline and Patience respectively for the University of St Andrews Gilbert and Sullivan Society. In the summer of 2014 she was nominated for best female voice at the Unifest awards in Harrogate. She has completed two short courses at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, where she also attended the junior drama school. Madeleine frequently performs with her sister, Lily Kearns and they are looking forward to supporting the main act for the Linlithgow Folk Festival 2016.