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Keep the Home Fires Burning is a roaring success!
Keep the Home Fires Burning Opera Viva St Mary’s College
Review by Ron Ellis
AFTER their highly successful ‘Roaring Twenties’ concert last year, Opera Viva have gone back a few years to present a selection of songs from the First World War and what a tremendous variety of music there was. Music hall songs such as ‘The Boy I Love is up in the Balcony’ (sung by Kerry Firth) and ‘Mademoiselle from A r m e n t i e re s ’ (Blandine Pluck); classic love songs like ‘Waltz of my Heart’ ( I s obel Jenkins) and ‘Love Will Find a Way’ (Pam Ashcroft); War songs – ‘Keep the Home Fires Burning and Pack Up Your Tro u b l e s ’ sung by the Company; and a rousing finale by the whole room to ‘Jerusalem’ and ‘Land of Hope and Glory ’. Peter McColgan read Wilfred Owen’s ‘Dulce et Decorum Est’ with impressive dignity, a poem which told the agonising truth about life in the trenches and brought the odd tear amongst the audience. All the cast were dressed in an array of splendid costumes. The hall was set out with a fine display of mounted poppies and recruitment posters from The Great War, all with the aid of the Royal British Legion and the History Dept. of St. Mary ’s College. Artistic Director was Viv Sharp, Musical Director was Isobel Jenkins and Robert Chesters provided Piano Accompaniment for what was a most enjoyable evening. The next Opera Viva event is ‘Puccini and Pasta’, is on Saturday, October 20 at St Mary’s College, a concert of Pucccini’s music with an Italian Supper.
Star Rating: 8 out of 10 - a most enjoyable evening
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13 January, 2018
Singing Masterclass and Concert Thanks to Richard Jackson,renowned baritone,teacher and judge of the Kathleen Ferrier Competition for his excellent Masterclass, 15 singers, including a number from outside Opera Viva were given immensely valuable advice on how to develop their vocal skills. Richard was particularly aware of the importance of telling the story behind great vocal works, helping the singers to explore the characters whose words they were singing.
A sizable audience enjoyed watching the process which took the
incredibly high vocal standard of the singers to an even higher level.
They also enjoyed the hearty lunch and other refreshments that were provided.