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, Maddy 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 2015 (MA Honours, First Class), during which time she maintained competitive vocal scholarships.

Madeleine made her operatic debut as Galatea in the 2013 production of Acis and Galatea for ‘Byre Opera’ (formerly ‘St Andrews Opera’), for which she was acclaimed as “one to watch” by ‘Friends of Scottish Opera’.

Madeleine was nominated for best female voice at the Unifest awards in Harrogate (2014) for her lead role in The Sorcerer, where she was also commended by the adjudicators for her comedic talent.

Madeleine has performed lead roles at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, including extracts from Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro and Bizet’s Carmen.

Madeleine has completed two short courses at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland where she also attended the Junior Drama School. She sung soprano for the St Salvator’s Chapel Choir, with whom she has toured, recorded multiple CDs, and participated in masterclasses with Sir John Eliot Gardiner and Paul Mealor, respectively.

Most recently, Madeleine performed at the annual Scottish banquet at the University Club in New York City.