On Saturday 7 November, Cheltenham College hosted a Gala Opera evening as part of its subscription concert series. Four College Music Teachers, (Hannah Davey, Victoria Jess, Richard Coxon and David McKee) who between them comprise a vocal quartet - accompanied by Kit Perona-Wright, performed a selection of operatic solos, duets and ensembles. Having worked as professional opera singers in their career there was a wealth of experience, and pupils and parents enjoyed hearing their teachers put into practice what they talk about in their lessons.
Humorous introductions (as well as some of the performances) made this evening accessible to all, and the rousing applause following the encore demonstrated how much the audience had enjoyed the concert.
There are two further Subscription Concerts this academic year:
On Saturday 27 February, Hannah Davey will be singing alongside her professional jazz group, The Derek Paravicini Quartet. Derek Paravicini is one of the most extraordinary pianists and musical entertainers of his generation. Yet he is blind, autistic and has severe learning difficulties. Dubbed ‘The Human iPod’ in the States, Derek has a repertoire of tens of thousands of pieces – all learnt very rapidly, just by listening. However, there is much more to Derek than this; beneath the quiet charm lies a fiery, creative musician, whose astonishing improvisations and dazzling technique have wowed audiences all over the world, including over a million hits on YouTube and another million on TED. This hugely versatile ensemble have recently released their debut album, and featured on BBC Radio 3’s ‘In Tune’ as a rapidly upcoming group.
On Saturday 22 April, the world famous Tallis Scholars will be giving a concert in Chapel. To top the evening, they will be performing Thomas Tallis' seminal work Spem in Alium - a motet in 40 parts. They will be joined for this piece by the Cheltenham College Chamber Choir making this an evening to remember.
Tickets for both events are available from firstname.lastname@example.org and are priced at £25/£15/£10.