Discover one of London’s best kept secrets - DEBUT at Shoreditch Treehouse - the acclaimed classical music experience held in a magical bohemian loft space in Central London. This intimate and fun night is like no concert you’ve experienced before, DEBUT at Shoreditch Treehouse offers awe-inspiring performances, time to chat to your favourite musicians and the chance to feel at home in the heart of the city.
You’ll be greeted at the door by the Shoreditch Treehouse team, invited to grab a craft beer or some bubbles and take in the amazing space. Surrounded by hundreds of fairy lights and beneath the vaulted wooden ceiling draped with plants and a swing, our resident piano improviser Sam Peña sets the tone for a spontaneous night ahead - mashing up your favourite tunes with Bach, Mozart and Liszt. Then it’s time to gather round our Steinway 9-foot concert grand piano, sit back, relax and enjoy some of the most exciting musicians from around the world, compèred by DEBUT’s own Lizzie Holmes.
Launched in 2017, DEBUT at Shoreditch Treehouse has hosted over 50 sold out concerts showcasing over 150 musicians, including up and coming talent as well as fully fledged stars. Split into three parts of 30 minutes the night features 5 extraordinary musicians (different every month) sharing their favourite pieces from the world of classical music, opera and musical theatre as well as stories from their careers. With over four hundred 5* reviews from around the world already, this is an experience not to be missed!
soprano & founder of DEBUT
British soprano Lizzie Holmes was born in Dorset and grew up in Ethiopia, Hong Kong and Australia. Praised for her “infectious smile and creamy soprano” her recent roles have included Cunegonde in Candide for Bernstein at 100 at the Minack Theatre in Cornwall, Laurette in Bizet’s Doctor Miracle for Wexford Opera in Ireland, Dew Fairy in Hansel and Gretel for Grange Park Opera, Destino in La Calisto for Longborough Festival Opera and both Mimi and Musetta in the Olivier Award nominated ‘Best New Opera’ La bohème at the Trafalgar Studios for King’s Head Theatre in the West End.
After reading English Literature at Warwick University, Lizzie was offered places at all 5 top conservatoires in the UK. She graduated from London’s Royal College of Music with Distinction straight into her West End debut in The Phantom of the Opera at Her Majesty’s Theatre in 2014, a year later she founded DEBUT. Recent solo recitals include the Royal Opera House, St Martin-in-the-Fields, Royal Albert Hall, and Cadogan Hall with the Bands of the Household Division. Lizzie makes major concert hall debuts across the UK as the Soprano Soloist for Raymond Gubbay’s Johann Strauss Gala Tour, including the Viennese New Year’s Eve Gala 2019 at the Barbican Hall.
Michael Buchanan (b. 1993) is considered one of the finest trombone players of his generation. At the age of 22 he was awarded the first prize and audience prize at the 2015 Munich ARD International Music Competition, only the second trombone player in the history of the competition and to date the only British musician. This launched a solo career that led to accolades such as the 2017 BMW-Publikumspreis at the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern in Northern Germany and an official “debut” concert - together with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin - in the Berlin Philharmonie. After initiating a complete career-break from September 2017 to December 2018 in order to heal a physical issue, Michael returned to the stage in January 2019. His first public performance led him to be awarded the renowned 2019 Fanny Mendelssohn Fönderpreis, resulting in a CD production to take place and be released in September 2019.
As concerto soloist Michael has performed with orchestras such as the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunk, the Munich Chamber Orchestra, the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Bern Symphony Orchestra. Together with his duo-partner the pianist Kasia Wieczorek, he has performed recitals at festivals including the Lucerne Festival, the BeethovenFest Bonn, the Schwarzwald Music Festival, the Weingartner Musiktage, as well as for SWR radio.
Equally active as an orchestral musician, he honed his orchestral technique in the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra before beginning his career as principal trombone in the Orchestra of Scottish Opera at the age of 20. In 2016 he joined the Vienna Philharmonic and Vienna State Opera Orchestras in a contract position for the 16-17 season, where he performed over 30 operas and underwent numerous tours and projects as both first and second trombone. For the last 3 years he has performed as a personally selected member of Seiji Osawa’s Grammy Award winning Saito Kinen Festival Orchestra in Japan.
Michael received his school education at Wells Cathedral School, a specialist music school in the UK, where he studied with the renowned trombone pedagogue Alan Hutt. In 2014 he graduated with 1st Class Honours in an academic music degree from the University of Cambridge (Clare College). He completed his Masters in trombone performance under the tutelage of Ian Bousfield, at the Hochschule der Künste, Bern, Switzerland, in 2016.
Michael Buchanan is a Getzen artist and plays a Getzen 4147 trombone.