Steven and Amy formed the Saltmarshe Duo in 2015. Numerous engagements soon followed, from costume parties and corporate entertainment to lieder recitals and operatic evenings. The duo performs a large and wide-ranging selection of music for tenor and piano - from opera, oratorio and art song to musical theatre, popular songs and jazz standards. Both Steven and Amy are professionally trained musicians with years of performing experience. They have performed for a variety of distinguished clients including the Carlton Club (London), the Italian State Tourist Board and Hilton Hotels, as well as in nationally-recognised venues such as Wigmore Hall and St John's Smith Square.
Steven Goulden, Tenor
Steven Goulden studied at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama with internationally renowned tenor John Mitchinson and vocal coach Gerald Wragg, graduating with distinction. During his time at the RWCMD, Steven was awarded the Laura Ashley Prize, the William Appleby Prize, the Heber-Percy Scholarship and the Dolan Evans Award.
Steven has performed as a soloist in some of Europe's most prestigious venues including Wigmore Hall, the Royal Festival Hall, the Bridgewater Hall, St John's Smith Square and Die Doelen (Netherlands). He has taken the principal tenor role in operas including The Magic Flute (Mozart), L'elisir d'amore (Donizetti), The Bartered Bride (Smetana) and Peter Grimes (Britten). Steven has also sung under the baton of some of the finest conductors including Sir Mark Elder, Martyn Brabbins, Anthony Negus and Richard Hickox, as well as giving a critically-acclaimed series of recitals with pianists Antony Saunders and Keith Swallow.
He performs with choral and musical societies nationwide, with an extensive repertoire encompassing oratorio, opera, lieder, art song, jazz and musical theatre. Performance highlights include Bach’s Magnificat in D with John Lubbock, Ravel's L'enfant et les sortilèges with Sir Simon Rattle and the CBSO, Mendelssohn’s Elijah and Lobgesang, Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music, Handel’s Messiah, Judas Maccabaeus and Samson, and Orff's Carmina Burana. As well as concert and oratorio engagements, Steven also lends his voice to events such as Proms In The Park and Opera Galas, as well as maintaining a busy schedule of performances at private events, weddings and functions.
Further information and recordings are available on the website: Steven Goulden, Tenor.
Amy Butler, Piano
Amy began her piano studies at the age of five. Her first teacher was Diana Bushby, under whose training she was awarded the highest mark in the UK in her Grade 8 piano examination. She received a young musicians' scholarship from Cottingham Recital Club and went on to study privately with acclaimed British concert pianist Martin Roscoe.
After receiving the ABRSM Music Performance Diploma, Amy studied for four years at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, where she was awarded a choral scholarship. During this time she was involved in numerous university music recitals, working with instrumentalists and singers and as a choral accompanist. She graduated with a first class degree.
Amy is currently a freelance soloist, ensemble pianist and accompanist. She has given solo piano recitals at Doncaster and Wakefield, and appears regularly in duet with pianist Peter Sproston. She is also a regular accompanist for Associated Board and Trinity music examinations, as well as local music festivals. In 2018 Amy was appointed as accompanist to the Beverley Male Voice Choir.