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Thursday, July 2, 2015

Monteverdi, Mozart & Mendelssohn


Join us for a romantic afternoon of lively and beautiful madrigals, inspiring chamber music and fabulous Mozart arias and ensembles.

Our concert starts with specialist early music ensemble I Cantarini. This group of Italian secular music specialists have been singing together for 20 years. They are accompanied by Bernie Williams on Theorbo. (A lovely ancient instrument a bit like a guitar.) They make a sweet and lovely sound which you will enjoy in 3 Italian madrigals. The texts will all be explained before they sing.

Choir V, a Newcastle based ensemble of professional singers will then thrill you with some more Monteverdi ensembles. This group sings completely unaccompanied and makes a warm and luscious sound with breathtakingly beautiful blending of voices.

Imagine these two groups together....well, that is what you will get!! All singers and Theorbo on stage for Sfogava con le Stelle, a dramatic madrigal by Monteverdi about a man struck down by love.

All singers will then take a rest whilst we present some inspiring chamber music by a Newcastle based professional piano trio. Michael Power (piano), Rachel Pogson (cello) and Marina Hopcroft (violin) will carry you away with their renditions of Mozart and Mendelssohn. This inspiring chamber music is the conclusion of the first half of our concert.

After interval (and lovely homemade supper included in your ticket price) the singers from Choir V will sing Mozart arias and ensembles accompanied by Newcastle treasure, Vincent Parmeter on piano. Music from The Magic Flute, The Marriage of Figaro, Don Giovanni and La clemenza di Tito.

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