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Alice Privett

Alice Privett sings

A beautiful, accomplished young classical singer will delight us with songs and arias from the classical repertoire, including Schubert’s masterpiece, ‘Shepherd on the Rock’, to help raise money for this year’s  Young Artists’ touring production of Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore on 5 September. The performance will be topped off with accompaniment by outstanding clarinettist, Andrew Sparling, and Glyndebourne pianist, Nicholas Bosworth, writes HOT’s Chris Cormack.

Chiara Vinci

The Shepherd on the Rock is sometimes described as a ‘vocal scene’; it includes an obbligato wind instrument. Another vocal scene from Schubert, less often heard, is Auf dem Strom for soprano, horn and piano. In The Shepherd on the Rock, a clarinet weaves in with the voice and keyboard to evoke the atmosphere of high mountains and clear skies; two poems by authors long associated with Schubert’s music are combined: Wilhelm Müller, the poet of Die Schöne Müllerin and Die Winterreise and Helmina von Chezy, the author of Rosamunde.

It touches on a number of themes dear to Schubert with joy and optimism: spring renewal, delight in natural beauty and longing for a distant beloved, the prospect of early death and the the freedom and loneliness of roaming the wilderness.

Anne Rebecca Hojlund

Barefoot Opera Young Artists Tour will tour  Donizetti’s L’Elisir D’amore this September. The Young Artists’ Tour is an advanced training programme well-known for its strong production values and demanding, genuinely educational rehearsal structure. Singers and instrumentalists work as an ensemble team under the musical direction of Lesley Anne Sammons and staging of Jenny Miller, founder of Barefoot Opera.  L’elisir D’amore will be fully  staged and costumed, sung in Italian and visit Hastings (5 September), Worthing, Shoreditch, Maidenhead, finishing at the Wooburn Festival in Beaconsfield.

Book now, and also book for a sumptuous recital featuring two more gifted and beautiful young singers, Chiara Vinci and Anne Rebecca Hojlund on Sunday 31 May 5:30pm at The Music Room, 6 The Uplands, St Leonards on Sea, TN38 0HL. They will sing a variety of loved songs and arias. You can enjoy sparkling wine at both events along with the great music (and receive a good discount for coming to both. Booking both concerts together gives a substantial saving – one concert: £12:50, two concerts: £20 (includes a glass of sparkling wine and canapés)

Alice Privett recital Thursday 7 May at St John the Evangelist, Pevensey Road, St Leonards on Sea, TN38 0RD                                                                 Phone Barbara Browning for information/booking: 07814 873968 or email:

Posted 17:10 Tuesday, May 5, 2015 In: Music & Sound

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