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Old Church House gardens, Wantage (top) and Brimpton Village Hall

 

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. 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.

In August we went indoors for a third performance, complete with cream tea, at Brimpton's village hall.

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The gardens at Old Church House (top), and the audience view of Opera Unlocked at Shaw House (Margo Payne)

MUSIC FOR CHRISTMAS 2021

We're delighted to have found a pre-Christmas slot at our normal staged venue, Arlington Arts near Newbury. We'll be delivering choruses from Messiah, in our own inimitable operatic style, and plenty of Christmassy numbers besides. We look forward to a happy evening of music for the festive season, and hope you do too! It's set for the evening of Wednesday 15 December. We'll also be looking out for other possible venues such as churches and village halls.

From 18 August we're returning to our former weekly rehearsals. As before, they are Wednesday evenings, 7.30, in The Majendie Hall, Church Lane, Speen, Newbury RG14 1SA. So if you're interested in joining in as a singer, do please get in touch! If you're not on our mailing list you may want to contact us in advance to double-check.

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.