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Bubbles and Song – A Night at the Opera

Join us for a night of Bubbles and Song in Winchester on 5 March!

Southern Voices brings you a night at the opera full of memorable melodies which will leave you humming if not bringing your operatic voices fully out into the open!

Singing in Russian, French, German, Latin and Italian, familiar choruses will delight you, ranging from Wagner’s ‘Bridal Chorus’ from Lohengrin to March of the Toreadors from Bizet’s Carmen, Mascagni’s Easter Hymn to Verdi’s Chorus of the Hebrew slaves from Nabucco.

Ladies’ voices are heard in the Witches’ Chorus of Macbeth by Verdi, whilst the men present the Soldiers’ Chorus from Il Trovatore. There are, of course, many other operatic delights to entertain you as you sip a glass or two of bubbly and enjoy a table of fine nibbles.

Husband and wife team Paul and Ruth Provost are your accompanist and solo soprano respectively – Ruth will perform four solo arias.

A choice selection of choruses and arias from the best of grand opera including:

Verdi
Rossini
Mascagni
Borodin
Wagner
Bizet

with Ruth Provost (soprano)

director – Katherine Dienes-Williams
piano – Paul Provost

Tickets are available online, by phone or in person from the Cathedral Box Office (01962 857275) £20, including a glass of Prosecco and nibbles (concessions £17:50; children 17 and under £7.50)

Bubbles and song

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That Yonge Child – Christmas concert at St Cross

Southern Voices at St Cross

Southern Voices at St Cross

The 2012 Southern Voices Christmas concert this year takes place on 22 December in St Cross. Entitled ‘That Yonge Child’ this is Katherine’s first Christmas concert with Southern Voices.

The music promises to be the usual eclectic mix of Christmas Music – “ancient and modern including traditional favourites and audience carols”. Highlights this year include Byrd’s Rorate caeli, O magnum mysterium by Xavier Busto, In dulci Jubilo by Samuel Scheidt and James Macmillan’s Magnificat. There is also music by (among others) Britten, Holst, Wilberg and Stuart Nicholson.

We will also sing ‘That yonge child’, after which the concert is names, by local composer (and husband to Beccy) Martin Read who tragically died earlier this year.

Then, of course, there is the unaccompanied candlelit procession in the dark at the start of the concert. Always a challenge to see if one can make it round St Cross without (a) falling over (b) stepping too hard on the feet of various audience members (c) keep in time and (d) not settng fire to the music.

Whatever you come to see or hear, tickets are £17.50, £14.50 (concessions) and £5 for children 17 and under. Tickets are available from the Winchester Cathedral Box office, or me if you like.

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