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June 2018

  Madama Butterfly is a classic love story that never fails to move, a tragic romance that sweeps you along in the intensity of its action. When an innocent young Geisha meets an American naval officer she falls instantly and deeply in love. Giving up her family and her faith, she risks all in marriage to the dashing Lieutenant Pinkerton. But her fragile happiness cannot last. Soon love turns to abandonment and betrayal, and Butterfly is forced to make one…

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    Brahms - A German Requiem Programme: Brahms: A German Requiem (Ein Deutsches Requiem) Mendelssohn: Hear My Prayer Brahms: Tragic Overture (Tragische Ouverture) Brahms’s stated intention was to write a Requiem to comfort the living not one for the souls of the dead. The result was the beautiful Ein Deutsches Requiem which was immediately recognised as a masterpiece of exceptional vision and finally confirmed the his reputation as a composer of international stature. Conducted by Jonathan Brown, Director of…

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  Director: Caroline Clegg Conductor: Nicola Rose Welsh National Opera presents an uproarious comic entertainment Rhondda Rips It Up! is a riotous romp through the life of Margaret Haig Thomas (Lady Rhondda), the Newport suffragette whose activities paved the way for women’s rights in the personal, professional and political worlds. Performed in a classic music hall style, with original songs inspired by the suffragette slogans, this tongue-in-cheek production takes you on a whirlwind tour of the inspiring activist’s mission. We’re…

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  Vivaldi Concerto for Strings in G major, RV 151 “Alla rustica” Vivaldi Concerto for Mandolin (lute) D major RV93 Vivaldi Sinfonia in B minor, RV 169 “Al santo sepolcro” Vivaldi Concerto for Mandolin in C major RV 425 Vivaldi Four Seasons An adventurous soloist, Avi Avital is one of today's most exciting musicians. Accomplished in a range of genres and a regular commissioner of new works for the mandolin, Avital has quickly gained global recognition as a true pioneer for the instrument. Performing Vivaldi…

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July 2018

The Opera House

July 1st 4:30 pm

  The Opera House, a new film by award-winning documentary filmmaker Susan Froemke surveys a remarkable period of the Metropolitan Opera’s rich history and a time of great change for New York. Featuring rarely seen archival footage, stills, recent interviews, and a soundtrack of extraordinary Met performances, the film chronicles the creation of the Met’s storied home of the last 50 years, against the backdrop of the artists, architects, and politicians who shaped the cultural life of New York City…

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  Armonico Consort Director Christopher Monks The Choir of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge Experience the world of Tallis' 40-part Spem in Alium and Striggio's 60-part Mass and be immersed in 360° surround sound. Supersize Polyphony 360 is a celebration of large-scale works from the 16th century, performed surrounding the audience. The unique programme features epic motets, such as Tallis' Spem in Alium and Striggio's Ecce Beatam Lucem, alongside the rarely performed 60 part Missa Ecco Si Beato Giorno. Interspersed…

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All Male Iolanthe

July 10th - July 14th

  Torches flash in the darkness as a party of naughty schoolboys adventure into the magical surroundings of an old theatre. Amid all the backstage paraphernalia they discover a Narnia-like wardrobe and a dusty copy of Gilbert and Sullivan’s Iolanthe. What follows is pure magic! 'If you remember the impact of Joe Papp’s ground-breaking Pirates of Penzance 30 years ago then this is a similar moment: a tired operetta kicked into new, fizzing life.'  The Observer Universally regarded as Sir Arthur Sullivan’s…

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  On sale 9.30am, 1st June '18 Concert Timings on Sunday 15th July 2018 11:15 – 13:00 Joint YNSSO and NSSO Sinfonia Concert 15:00 – 17:00 NSSO Concert   Young NSSO is a training orchestra for children of primary/prep school age. Members are drawn from both state and independent schools, are typically aged 9-13 years old and playing at ABRSM grades 3-5 standard.  The orchestra provides an outstanding opportunity for these young musicians to play ensemble repertoire which is likely to…

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NSSO Concert

July 15th 3:00 pm

  On sale 9.30am, 1st June '18 Concert Timings on Sunday 15th July 2018 11:15 – 13:00 Joint YNSSO and NSSO Sinfonia Concert 15:00 – 17:00 NSSO Concert   The National Schools Symphony Orchestra (NSSO) has provided high quality orchestral experience for talented young players for over twenty years.

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  David has vanquished the giant Goliath, but not everyone rejoices in his victory. Jealous of the young warrior, King Saul turns against him, descending into violent, destructive madness that forces his children to choose between loyalty and love, tearing both a family and a nation apart. Handel’s vision of a Lear-like king is astonishing in its psychological complexity, offering a musical portrait of mental collapse few have since matched. Combined with thrilling choruses that exploit the virtuosic potential of…

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