Our concert at Vinehall is just a few days away and we’re getting very excited. I just can’t wait to hear bass soloist Richard Woodall sing Purcell’s amazing ‘hypothermia’ aria (Cold Genius: What power art thou) from King Arthur. It really is the most extraordinary piece of music I’ve ever heard, and contrasts beautifully with the ever-popular aria ‘Fairest Isle’ which will be sung by our guest tenor Robin Green. Robin’s voice is described as rich, dark and dramatic, and he is sure to give an interesting interpretation to Purcell’s work.
I’m also thrilled at the opportunity to sing ‘Sol da te, mio dolce amore’ (Only through you, my sweet love) from Vivaldi’s opera ‘Orlando Furioso’. It’s the story of a knight driven mad by loving the wrong woman, and in this aria he is put under a spell by the witch’s flute music, resulting in a gorgeous duet of mezzo soprano with flute played by the talented Tim Willsone. I hope I can do it justice!
Lin Westcott, who recently won the Bach aria prize at the Hastings Music Festival, will sing the aria which won her the prize – the deeply moving ‘Zerfliesse, mein Herze from Bach’s St. John Passion.
Handel lovers will be moved by Hiroshi Kanazawa’s performance of ‘Cara Sposa’ from Rinaldo, and thrilled by Richard Woodall’s ‘Why do the nations so furiously rage together’ from the Messiah.
Tim Willsone will play the Allegro from CPE Bach’s Oboe Sonata in G minor, and also the delightful oboe sonata by Marcello.
Hoping you can come on the 24th, and looking forward very much to seeing you there.
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