Con Crerar as Schikaneder figaro

April to August: Schikaneder (Don Crerar) in his dressing-room in the semi-staged 'Mozart's Last Year'. Photo Tony Bartlett
November: The Marriage of Figaro

 

2017—The year ahead

We have an exciting programme of music planned for this year, including

Spring and summer – A Mozart concert plus!

Mozart died aged 35 in December 1791 and our 2017 concert series, 'Mozart's Last Year – a celebration in song and words',was mostly opera and choral works from his final year, when his creativity was as astonishing as ever. But not just singing – some items were staged and acted. The show was driven by Emanuel Schikaneder (1751 – 1812), the actor-manager, singer and librettist, a close friend of Mozart, who invited us into his dressing-room to hear his recollections of the composer. The programme.

The opening performance was in the splendid acoustics of the Majendie Hall, in Speen, Newbury. On 21 May we had an afternoon performance in Letcombe Regis Village Hall, near Wantage — complete with afternoon tea! In July we returned to HADCAF arts festival in Hungerford, this time in the United Reformed Church. The Newbury Weekly News thought it was great — but please be aware it's Figaro, not Don Giovanni, that we're presenting in November!

The final show date was part of Stockfest festival, Stockcross near Newbury. On an August evening in the village's Sutton Hall, a capacity audience enjoyed themselves at cafe tables. The perfect end to a wonderful venture!

November – The Marriage of Figaro

We present Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro at Arlington Arts, near Newbury, on the evenings of 2 to 3 November 2017, and the afternoon of Saturday 4 November. As always it will be a fully staged performance, sung in English with orchestra.

We're delighted that the production team from La Cenerentola is with us again. Our musical director is Max Fane; Stan Pretty is stage director, Suzanne Thomson set designer and Shirley Bergin stage manager. More details soon.

In 2016

Rossini's LA CENERENTOLA (Cinderella) was our main production in 2016. We had a successful and hugely enjoyable 3-night run at Arlington Arts in November. – All about Cenerentola.