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Chorus with musical director Max Fane in 'Mozart's Last Year'

 

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', is mostly opera and choral works from his final year, when his creativity was as astonishing as ever.

The show isn't just singing – some items are staged and acted. It's driven along by Emanuel Schikaneder (1751 – 1812), the actor-manager, singer and librettist, a close friend of Mozart, who invites us into his dressing-room to hear his recollections of the composer.

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!

The next show dates are:

November – The Marriage of Figaro

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

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.

Our summer concerts were: a gala evening with supper at Letcombe Richmond, Wantage, (June); Hadcaf, Hungerford's community arts festival (July); and Stockcross for a third appearance at Stockfest, the village's own arts festival in August.