Duchy Opera takes on Truro Festival on Good Friday night (April 3rd) in the Kenwyn Yurt on Lemon Quay Truro - a selection of stirring solos and lively chorus pieces from the wonderful world of opera, with a sample from Duchy's September production of Die Fledermaus. With classical guitarist Stuart J Blackmore, Cellist Oak Matthias, and String Quartet Karriquartet.
This Friday April 3rd on Lemon Quay - 9.30 - 10.30pm!
This is a FREE classical concert.
James Robertson sang the role of Dulcamara in the 1994 Duchy Opera production of L'Elisir d'amore and we have recently (Nov. 2014) had contact with him. He was a very heavy smoker in his younger days until one day while visiting a farmer (James sold seed) he left his car at the end of the long farm drive and unfortunately while inside the house the rains started so that the walk back left him rather wet. Once back in the car he needed a cigarette, only to find he had left them with his lighter, on the farm table. The prospect of another walk in the rain was too much and James gave up smoking, but, by then, the damage was done.
He retired to Scotland and in Jan. 2012 was diagnosed with lung cancer and in April 2012 had a pulmonary lobectomy. James was one of the lucky 9% to survive and as a thank you to Macmillan Cancer support and research generally, he celebrated his 80th birthday by climbing Schiehallion (3,600 ft) in Scotland. He had been attending exercise programmes at Dundee University's Institute of Sports and Exercise in preparation and because he had made such a good recovery made headlines in the local press and appeared in a video and on Scottish Television News. Says that never happened when he was a singer!
We thought those of you who remember James would like to hear of his success.
John and Margaret Hobbs.
Spirit of Song - A Spring Recital Saturday 18th April 7.30pm
Venue: Truro School Chapel, Truro
Tickets: £10 from 01209 820688 or via Eventbrite at http://spiritofsong.eventbrite.co.uk
Cheryl Brendish, acclaimed classical vocalist, presents Spirit of Song, accompanied by pianist Paul Drayton. Set in the enchanting chapel at Truro School the evening will take you on a journey across musical landscapes visiting French mélodie, German lieder, English, Spanish and American song and arriving at Sondheim and lighter favourites.
Classically trained in Australia and at the London Trinity College of Music, Cheryl is an award-winning and polished soprano who has built an enviable reputation with her dynamic performances in opera, oratorio and recital work. She has performed with Covent Garden Opera Festival in London; the Victoria State Opera in Melbourne, Australia; Cameron Macintosh productions and performed around the world in locations such as Holland, Germany, Switzerland, Poland, and America.
Cheryl was also a member of the renowned Cantamus Girls Choir under the baton of Pamela Cook, MBE and continues her vocal studies with Margaret Kingsley. Closer to home, Cheryl regularly performs with Duchy Opera and the Troubadours and in 2013 sang the role of the Countess in Mozart’s, The Marriage of Figaro at the open-air Minack Theatre in Cornwall.
After moving to Cornwall in 1993, Paul Drayton has continued his work as a teacher, pianist, conductor and composer. As Duchy Opera’s Director of Music he has conducted Carmen, The Vampire, The Merry Widow, Semele, Tosca, The Wreckers, A Masked Ball, and his own opera, The Hanging Oak.
As a composer, Paul has been commissioned to write a number of pieces for young people including Duchy Opera’s production of his opera The Mermaid of Zennor with a cast of 270 children and for adults including The Lady of Shalott for St. Austell Choral Society, Voices in the Tide for Truro Three Arts, Orpheus for Truro Choral Society, the Three Choirs Festival, the organist Dame Gillian Weir, the Cathedrals of Washington DC and Kansas City, Missouri, and the King’s Singers, who in 2012 asked him for a piece to mark the anniversary of the Queen’s accession. In June 2015, his large-scale setting of the Passion according to St. Mark will be premiered by The Three Spires Singers in Truro Cathedral.