Mu­si­cians get set to baroque

Pair cen­tre stage in Pur­cell opera

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Han­nah Raven han­nah.raven@trin­i­tymir­

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@ fire­

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