Musicians get set to baroque
Pair centre stage in Purcell opera
NORTHWOOD musicians Rachel Haywood and Jennifer Bullock are joining forces with St John’s United Reformed Church to present a concert performance of Purcell’s popular baroque opera, Dido and Aeneas.
Following the success of last summer’s Monteverdi’s Vespers at St John’s, in Northwood, in which Rachel was a soprano soloist and Jenny played the viol, the new production brings together a number of the two friends’ musical connections.
Vocal roles will be taken by Northwood Baroque Singers, a group of amateur opera singers who Rachel has worked alongside at Aylesbury and Harrow Opera Groups.
The opera’s chorus features members of the English Chamber Choir, who mounted last summer’s Vespers. Chelys Consort of Viols, of which Jennifer is a member, will provide accompaniment on period instruments.
Formed in 2007, Chelys is a vibrant young ensemble of former students of the Royal Academy of Music and Trinity College of Music, who are achieving increasing success in the early music.
They are releasing their debut album in 2015.
In July, they presented a concert of English viol music followed by cream tea at St John’s.
The production will be directed from the harpsichord by local musician and former professor at the Royal College of Music, David Ward.
Following extensive renovations to the church over the past year, this concert furthers the aim of St John’s to promote music and the arts in their Northwood community.
The performance is on Saturday, September 20, at 7.30pm, in the beautiful, newly transformed space of St John’s Church.
Tickets are £15 or £12 for concessions and include a glass of wine.
To book, call Rachel on 07790 469 058 or email rachelhaywood@ fireflyuk.net.