The choir resumed rehearsals on Monday 4th September 2017 at 7:30pm in Malmesbury Abbey in preparation for our upcoming Autumn concert.

The concert will be held on Saturday 25 November 2017 in Malmesbury Abbey at 7.30pm.

Our programme will be entitled: An Evening at the Opera

Malmesbury Singers and guest soloists soprano Louise Lloyd and tenor Tom Morss invite you to join them and the Bristol Ensemble for a sparkling evening of operatic favourites on Saturday 25th November at 7.30pm in Malmesbury Abbey.

The programme, which showcases music by the operatic giants of the 18th and 19th centuries, features overtures, choruses and arias from some of our best-loved operas, including Mozart’s ‘Marriage of Figaro’; ‘Madame Butterfly’ and ‘La Boheme’ by Puccini; ‘Carmen’ by Bizet; and Verdi’s ‘Aida’ and ‘La Traviata’.

“After our performance of Handel’s ‘Samson’ last year, I was inspired by the dramatic approach of our soloists to present a gala evening of opera in a concert setting, choosing well-known pieces from the repertoire that have a huge impact in their own right,” said Iain Duffin, musical director. “I am delighted that local artiste Louise Lloyd, who performed for us so movingly as Delilah in Handel’s ‘Samson’ in 2016, will once again take centre-stage, this time with Scottish tenor Tom Morss.”

“We also welcome back the Bristol Ensemble, which has a growing reputation as a high quality and adventurous orchestra. The Ensemble appears regularly in Bristol and across the South West and appeared on BBC television in their performance of Handel’s ‘Water Music’ as part of the Bristol Harbour Festival in July,” said Iain Duffin.

The curtain rises to the overture from Mozart’s ‘Marriage of Figaro’ and, after duets from this opera and ‘Don Giovanni’, the Mozart section ends with a wedding chorus from the ‘Marriage of Figaro’. We now turn to Italian opera, starting with a hauntingly tender aria from ‘L’Elisir d’Amore’ and ending with the spiritually uplifting Easter Hymn from Mascagni’s ‘Cavalleria Rusticana’.

The next part of the programme is on that greatest of operatic themes, “love.” We hear from the gypsy heroine Carmen in the Habanera and finish this section with the highlight of Puccini’s ‘La Boheme’ performed by our two soloists, Rodolfo serenading his tragic Mimi in one of the most moving duets of all opera.

The concert ends with a tribute to arguably the greatest composer of opera, Verdi, starting with one of the preludes from ‘La Traviata’, followed by the Anvil Chorus and the Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves , and culminating in the pomp and majesty of the Grand March from ’Aida’.
“We have a great line-up of performers and a fantastic variety of music”, said Iain Duffin. “We very much hope you will join us for what promises to be a special evening.”

For concert tickets – which will be available to purchase after Monday 2nd October 2017 click here to email.  Please note we do not yet have the facility to purchase tickets online, but if you email your intention to attend, we can set aside tickets for you which you will need to collect in person together with payment in cash within a limited time frame.  Please indicate in your email how many tickets from each category you require!  

Ticket Prices: Adults – £15; Students / Children – £5

Tickets will also be available from Malmesbury Abbey bookshop or from any choir member – click the “contact” link above to get in touch!  

Dress code [FOR CHOIR MEMBERS ONLY!]:
Ladies: All Black (skirt or trousers on “bottom half”)
Men: Dinner suit, white shirt, black bow tie

If you are a prospective member interested in joining our choir, please contact us using the contact link!   Alternatively do consider attending our Christmas concert in Malmesbury Abbey to hear us perform.

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