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In Old Church House gardens, Wantage

 

SUMMER 2021 — Unlocked again!

In July 2021, just like in late summer 2020, we made our return to live performing with distanced outdoor concerts in Wantage and Newbury. For 'Opera Unlocked', we chose arias and choruses from grand operas that we all love – by Puccini, Verdi, Mozart and more. We called the show Opera Unlocked and presented it in the gardens at Old Church House in central Wantage and on the lawns of Shaw House, Newbury.

Please join us in August for a third, indoors, Opera Unlocked, complete with cream tea! Important: this a change of venue from Brimpton Church!

Again we'll be performing the pick of choruses and arias from the great composers, from the Humming Chorus (Madam Butterfly) to La donna è mobile (Rigoletto).

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MUSIC FOR CHRISTMAS 2021

Looking further ahead, we're delighted to have found a pre-Christmas slot at our normal staged venue, Arlington Arts near Newbury. We look forward to a happy evening of music for Christmas, and hope you do too! It's set for Wednesday 15 December. We'll also be looking out for other possible venues such as churches and village halls.

And if you're interested in joining in as a singer, do please get in touch!

Our plans for the next two years

Just a reminder — Amahl and the Night Visitors

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This was our last staged production. Together with Opera Unmasked, in January 2020 just before lockdown we presented a staged performance of 'Amahl and the Night Visitors', Menotti's beautiful one-act opera, AND a selection of Great American Songs. All in one show!

They played:

Amahl was marvellously sung and acted by 13-year old Edward Bennet, and the part of his mother, following illness in the company, was sung by Emily Kyte for two nights and Serenna Wagner for one. We were joined for the first time by members of Wantage Choral Society and Wantage Church Choir; and once again by dancers from the Karen Brind school of dance.