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Elijah – The Really Big Chorus

Town-Hall-222With two successful Summer Schools completed, we invite you to set aside a week in August 2016 to join us for the third TRBC Choral Summer School, this time with an additional exciting twist. By popular demand, the main work for 2016 will be Mendelssohn’s dramatic oratorioElijah, and we discovered almost by chance that the first performance of this work was given in Birmingham Town Hall in August 1846.

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Song Smiths @ Buxton Festival

SONGSMITHS-FINAL-IMAGE-207x300White Camelia – The Story of a Courtesan

Sarah-Jane Brandon, soprano
Gareth Brynmor John, baritone
Audrey Hyland, piano

About the show

Massenet Gavotte
Richard Strauss Heimliche Aufforderung
Duparc Chanson Triste
Hahn L’heure exquise
Schumann Ich bin dein Baum
Schumann Entfleh mit mir
De Falla Polo
De Falla Asturiana
Richard Strauss Ach lieb, ich muss nun schieden
Rachmaninov Ah, forsake me not
Schubert Am Bach im Früling
Brahms Immer leise
Schumann Meine Rose
Quilter Music when soft voices die
Richard Strauss Morgen
Schubert Abschied von der Erde

We follow the emotional journey of a young courtesan as she chooses a life of true love over her previous empty and flirtatious existence. Sorrow comes along in the shape of her lover’s father, who, unbeknownst to his son, pleads with her to give up his son due to the shame her past life is bringing on the family, and in particular his daughter who is about to marry into an influential family. She is faced with the difficult choice of love over duty. We travel through myriad of songs from Strauss to Duparc, to Ireland to De Falla to Schumann and to Faure.

See more at: http://www.buxtonfestival.co.uk/music-series/white-camelia-the-story-of-a-courtesan/

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Fringe in the Fen: An Evening with Gilbert and Sullivan

An Evening with Gilbert and Sullivan

7.30pm
Parish Church of St Peter and St Paul

Eli Rolfe Johnston | soprano
Kate Symonds-Joy | mezzo-soprano
Daniel Joy | tenor
Gareth Brynmor John | baritone
Will Vann | piano

Join us for a thrilling evening of Gilbert and Sullivan classics. From your favourite arias to fast-paced ensembles and a tongue-twisting medley, a quartet of four singers and pianist will take you on a journey through the most sparkling light opera works.

Including excerpts from the Pirates of Penzance, the Mikado, Gondoliers and HMS Pinafore, this glittering evening will have you toe-tapping and singing along.

‘A policeman’s lot is not a happy one!’

 

http://www.fringeinthefen.co/fringe-events/evening-gilbert-and-sullivan

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Brahms Requiem with Vasari Singers

jeremy011Brahms Requiem and Liebeslieder Walzer

St Martin in the Fields, Trafalgar Square

 

Vasari Singers, under Jeremy Backhouse, is one of the UK’s leading chamber choirs. Now in its 32nd year, the chamber choir performs a wide range of repertoire with passion and sensitivity to exacting standards and considerable press acclaim.

Recent reviews of the choir’s commission and premiere CD of the oratorio The Cloud of Unknowing by Francis Pott, included “a top flight choir and, moreover, one that is at the top of its form, a performance that goes way beyond the printed page of the score” – MusicWeb International, “passionate and precise” – The Times, and “The Mighty Vasari Singers give it everything they can muster” – The Gramophone.

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Divas and Scholars: Conducting Tchaikovsky with Edward Gardner

Ed Gardner OBE Photographed at the ENO, London 5 September 2012 Joint commission: ENO, Askonas Holt and Chandos Benjamin Ealovega Photography benjaminealovega.comEdward Gardner; seminar; performance; dinner

Conducting Tchaikovsky Click here to watch Ed talk about Queen of Spades

Gareth John & pianist Richard Peirson

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Puccini Madama Butterfly, Bury Court Opera

efe31f576e98446e04bda117756eff2bGiacomo Puccini

Conductor  –  Simon Over with Southbank Sinfonia
Director  –  Julia Burbach
Designer  – Naomi Dawson
Lighting Designer  –  Nao Nagai
 

Cio Cio San  –  Mamie Matsuda

Pinkerton  –  Elgan Llyr Thomas

Sharpless  –  Gareth Brynmor John

Suzuki  –  Ayaka Tanimoto

Yamadori  –  Nicolas Dwyer

The Bonze  –  Freddie Tong

Goro  –  Christopher Diffey

Kate Pinkerton  –  Flora McIntosh   

http://burycourtopera.org/index.php/events

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NOS Fulham Palace Opera Gala

Opera at the Palace – SOLD OUT

Opera at the Palace – SOLD OUT

Details

This event has sold out

Once again we are delighted to welcome another group of exceptional young singers from the National Opera Studio to the intimate setting of our Tudor Great Hall. To add to the occasion, a three course dinner is also available in one of our historic rooms.

This fabulous evening of entertainment provides the opportunity to see the stars of the future close up.

Two dinner courses are served prior to the concert at 6pm, with dessert and coffee served afterward.

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NOS China Exchange Concert

Performed by He Wu and fellow Young Artists from the National Opera Studio

This event will include Chinese folk and art songs, as well as indigenous songs from other countries, including Wales, Lithuania and New Zealand. The concert will also feature stunning works from the Western operatic genre, including pieces by Mozart and Puccini.

Doors open at 19:00. Performance 19:30. Refreshments provided.

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Winner of the Kathleen Ferrier Award, baritone Gareth Brynmor John studied at Cambridge University, Royal Academy of Music and National Opera Studio.

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Armonico Dido and Aeneus

Sir_Nathaniel_Dance-Holland_-_The_Meeting_of_Dido_and_Aeneas_-_Google_Art_ProjectArmonico Consort
Director | Christopher Monks
 
Programme
Purcell | Dido & Aeneas
Pergolesi | Stabat Mater
 

Whilst Henry Purcell’s Dido & Aeneas is the only complete opera written during his short life, it has become a work at the heart of British musical heritage. One of the world’s leading Baroque voices, Elin Manahan Thomas, performs the role of Belinda in this stunning and dramatic concert performance of the first masterpiece in English opera. The epic tragedy of a queen, a soldier and an illicit love is told through a spectacularly rich array of music.

From the short life of one composer to another, Giovanni Battista Pergolesi was an Italian court composer who died at the age of just 26.  Written in the final weeks of his life, this deeply moving piece is widely recognised as the definitive setting of the spiritual text, and has been described as ‘the master work of Latin music’.

http://www.armonico.org.uk/whats-on/purcell-dido-and-aeneas-1

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