Nicholas here for Christmas show

BALAKLAVA will get a special performance from Nicholas Lester and his wife, Kerry Sampson.
In a one and only South Australian performance, Balaklava will host one of London’s up and coming opera singers.
Nicholas Lester, who grew up in Balaklava, is an emerging baritone in the UK opera scene.
A son of Balaklava identities David and Chris Lester, Nicholas recently graduated from the National Opera Studio in London.
The emerging baritone in the UK opera scene also is returning to Balaklava to introduce his new son, Charlie, to his grandparents. 
Nicholas and wife, Kerry Sampson, will perform in a special Christmas performance on December 15 in Balaklava.
Kerry, also a renowned singer, and Nicholas will combine their great voices and stage talents in a program of Christmas music, musical theatre pieces and some of the well-loved classical pieces, accompanied by local pianist Melanie Redden.
Some of Nicholas’ other upcoming engagements include performances with the English National Opera, Scottish Opera, and touring with the  Glyndebourne Opera.
His colourful career includes many roles from the great operas, and also such roles as the Pirate King in “Pirates of Penzance”.
Local musician, Di Spence, said Nicholas’ familiarity with the audience would make for a memorable show.
“As he grew up in Balaklava, he was very busy in school musical theatre and drama, as well as with Balaklava Community Arts,” she said.
“His first memorable role as his voice changed was as Freddy Eynsford-Hill in My Fair Lady!” 
He sang in many Adelaide Eisteddfods including the Balaklava Eisteddfod, and won the young vocal champion award.
“He has a dramatic presence on stage, at six foot six in his socks,” Di said.
She recalled the great point for comedy was when Nicholas sang duets with his great friend at school, Nigel Uppill, who was a great deal shorter! 
Both of these lads were the boys in the Von Trapp family in a memorable BCA production of Sound of Music in 1992.
Nicholas moved to Adelaide to continue his studies and met Kerry, where they developed their skills, both vocally and on stage. 
Kerry won lead roles such as the Baker’s Wife in Sondheim’s ‘Into the Woods.’ 
More recently, Kerry has performed in the Royal Albert Hall and Birmingham’s Symphony Hall. 
“She was a beautiful Mary in the Royal Nativity, held on the Balaklava oval in 2001,” Di said.
Now based in London, Kerry has musically directed shows such as West Side Story in addition to winning awards for on-stage roles as Minerva Kemp in ‘Mr Cinders.’
The show, which is expected to be a grand performance, will be presented at Balaklava Town Hall on Wednesday, December 15 at 7.30pm. 
The one-hour program will be followed by a supper.  This will be their only appearance while they visit SA.