School choir to sing opera

St Mary’s chamber choir and opera group will perform Dido and Aeneas on Saturday, February 23, at 7.30pm in the school chapel.

The opera, composed by Purcell, was originally composed for a girl’s school. The choir from St Mary’s will be conducted by Christian Curnyn and accompanied by a string quartet and lute.

Mr Curnyn has conducted Julius Caesar and Medée at English National Opera, and has performed at the New York City Opera and Stuttgart Opera.

Rehearsals will also be led by world-renowned contralto Hilary Summers. The choir is made up of 49 girls between the ages of 13 to 18. Recently they sung for the Duchess of Cornwall at the Bowood Christmas Extravaganza.

The concert starts at 7.30pm. Admission is free. To book tickets, email music@ stmaryscalne.org.

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