Opera night 1825-style

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HE he­li­copter ser­vice that linked the Isles of Scilly with main­land Corn­wall could start up again. Pen­zance He­li­port Ltd, a group of pri­vate in­vestors that in­cludes Tresco owner Robert Dor­rien-smith, has an­nounced plans to re­in­state the con­nec­tion, which ran between 1963 and 2012, and has been can­vass­ing the pub­lic for sup­port. The plan is to op­er­ate year-round flights to St Mary’s and Tresco us­ing state-of-the art, 15-seat he­li­copters. It’s hoped to sub­mit a plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion for a he­li­port in Jel­bert Way, Pen­zance, later this au­tumn, with a view to com­plet­ing the £2 mil­lion trans­port project by early 2018. Although aero­planes al­ready fly to the Scil­lies, he­li­copters guar­an­tee a more re­li­able link be­cause they can run even when the weather is poor. The com­pany be­lieves he­li­copters could help lengthen the tourist sea­son, cre­ate lo­cal jobs and at­tract more in­vest­ment, as well as im­prove ac­cess for Scilly res­i­dents. Derek Thomas, the lo­cal MP, has al­ready en­dorsed the project. Visit http://pen­zance­he­li­port.co.uk Carla Passino

TAGLITTERING mu­si­cal ex­trav­a­ganza or­gan­ised in 1825 by the 1st Duke of Welling­ton at his Lon­don W1 home, Ap­s­ley House, which he bought with money given in recog­ni­tion for his victory at Wa­ter­loo (COUN­TRY LIFE, June 17, 2015), is be­ing reimag­ined for a con­cert there on Septem­ber 28. The Iron Duke was a great mu­si­cal pa­tron and his star-stud­ded evening fo­cused on Rossini (right), who had ar­rived in Lon­don, to great fan­fare, the year be­fore; singers in­cluded the tenor Manuel Gar­cía, the cas­trato Gio­vanni Bat­tista Vel­luti and the Duke’s 17-year-old daugh­ter, who be­came fa­mous un­der her mar­ried name of Maria Mal­i­bran— it was the equiv­a­lent of putting Lu­ciano Pavarotti, Maria Cal­las and An­gela Ghe­o­rghiu to­gether. ‘Be­yond the Bat­tle­field’ will be pre­sented by Opera Pre­lude, a char­ity that sup­ports singers in the early part of their ca­reers. Tickets cost £85 (0370 333 1183).

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