2020 was an extraordinary year for everyone. For Music at Beaulieu we held very successful concerts in February and in March but then came Lockdown. However, we were lucky, and in October we were able to hold what must have been the only live concert in the area for months, Nova Foresta Classical Players with Rosie Gill as the harp soloist. All Covid Restrictions were observed, masks, hand sanitiser and social distancing but those who attended felt it was a great occasion.
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As you know, we are unable to have our usual Glyndebourne at Beaulieu performance this year due to the Coronavirus Pandemic.
However we are delighted to say that Virtual Glyndebourne at Beaulieu 2020 put together by Music at Beaulieu and Wessex Glyndebourne Association creating an online concert in 3 parts that will be published in July 2020. The three videos will be displayed in this page on the specific dates/times of release shown below.
The singers are all former members of the Glyndebourne chorus who have gone on to develop successful careers in opera. The accompanist is Matthew Fletcher from the Glyndebourne music staff, who has performed at the Beaulieu concert for the past several years.
The artists will be performing from their own homes, even while singing together in the ensemble pieces. The accompaniments were all recorded courtesy of Glyndebourne, who made available one of their recital rooms. Thus, as well as providing enjoyable entertainment, the concert will be a reminder of the limitations we have all been experiencing because of the Covid-19 crisis.
Here is the programme for each of the three parts of the concert:
Part 1: 1st July 2020 at 7pm.
Part 2: 6th July 2020 at 7pm
Part 3: 8th July 2020 at 7pm
The artists taking part are:
Aoife, Victoria and Timothy are all former Wessex award winners. Matthew has been accompanist for the past several years at Beaulieu. All four singers were members of the Glyndebourne Festival chorus at an early stage in their careers, and Matthew regularly performs the role of répétiteur at Glyndebourne.
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