Sounds of Grand Dé­part at arena

Yorkshire Post - Culture & The Guide - - MU -

AC­CLAIMED com­poser Philip Shep­pard will con­duct the orches­tra and cho­rus of Opera North in a cel­e­bra­tion of the Grand Dé­part at the First Di­rect Arena.

Shep­pard, who ar­ranged all 206 na­tional an­thems for the medal cer­e­monies of the 2012 Lon­don Olympics, has writ­ten new or­ches­tral works for the event on July 3. The pro­gramme also in­cludes per­for­mances from Kim­ber­ley Walsh, Alistair Grif­fin, French singer Pauline Vas­suer and the orches­tra will join York­shire band Em­brace on stage as the head­line act. LOOK­ING for a rare opera ex­pe­ri­ence? Well head for the Bux­ton Fes­ti­val, where Dvorak’s The Ja­cobin will be mak­ing the head­line news as one of those for­got­ten op­eras that is high on the agenda for a long-over­due new pro­duc­tion.

Though his sym­phonic mu­sic be­come hugely

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