Two young classical singers from London left a spine-chilling message on a photographer’s phone midway through their photo shoot. Soprano singer Sarah Lenney, 23, of Twickenham, explains, “Ahead of our shoot with CK, we did our research and discovered his cool YouTube channel, where he shares the photography adventures he films on his phone. During our shoot, when he wasn’t looking, we ‘borrowed’ his phone and filmed a little song for him.”

Two weeks later, when Portrait Photographer CK Goldiing reviewed the shoot footage, he was speechless. “We’ve all had that sinking feeling when a mate records something unsavoury on your phone, but this incident was the polar opposite, I must have watched their recording eight times in a row that day,” says Goldiing.Duet Diana, a crossover classical duo formed in December 2016, have already secured a number of impressive London shows, including a recital at West London’s The Clock. Katie Morel-Orchard, Mezzo-Soprano and Sarah’s singing partner, adds, “At first, It felt odd to just start singing into a phone in Borough Market of all places, but to our surprise, the acoustics in there were amazing – we didn’t want to stop. By the end of the piece, we even attracted a little crowd, it was such fun.”

Always seizing new opportunities, Duet Diana’s  recital at The Clock was the result of a chance encounter with the West London private member’s club. Katie, currently in her final year of study at the Royal Academy of Music, was passing and spotted their grand piano through the window. *I texted Sarah and asked if I should see if they book live music. She insisted I did, and within ten minutes of chatting with the manager, we had an audition. Sarah and I returned later that week, and we were booked the very sane day.”

Optimistic about their bright future, Royal College of Music graduate Sarah offers some advice to aspiring Classical singers, “The journey is a long, winding road with many twists and turns – make the most of every opportunity you have. Never wait for things to come to you, make them happen. Finally, always be who you are, embrace your weirdness and quirks, because one day, they could be your biggest selling point. Never give up!”

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