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Kennet Opera's Christmas Mix.
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15 DECEMBER — KENNET OPERA'S CHRISTMAS MIX

We're delighted to have found a pre-Christmas slot at our normal staged venue, Arlington Arts near Newbury. In the first half, we'll be singing highlights from Messiah, including of course the Hallelujah Chorus. The second half is jingles all the way, with carols, readings, and Christmas songs. We look forward to a happy evening of music for the festive season, and hope you do too. And get ready to sing!

The show's at 7.30 on Wednesday 15 December. We'll also be looking out for other possible venues such as churches and village halls.

♦From August we've been enjoying our normal weekly rehearsals. As before, they are Wednesday evenings at 7.30, in The Majendie Hall, Church Lane, Speen, Newbury RG14 1SA. If you're interested in joining in as a singer, but are not on our mailing list, you may want to contact us in advance to double-check before turning up.

25 JUNE 2022— Operatic evening, Hungerford

At the invitation of Hungerford Rotary, we'll be presenting an operatic evening on June 25th, at Hungerford's Croft Hall. We're planning for three sets of about 30 minutes with, in the intervals, picnicking in the Croft (Glyndebourne style!!) More details later.

2022 — Concerts and grand opera

After a two-year gap, we plan to be back with a fully-staged grand opera, in November 2022 at Arlington Arts. Shows from our first 25 years-worth are listed here.

We also look forward to visiting local churches, festivals and village halls with a concert offering.

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)

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.