Colin Dye 2nd baritone horn, Reg Vardy Band
I've been a member of the Reg Vardy Band for over 40 years ... but last night in Durham Cathedral was one of the best and most moving concerts I've ever been part of. The musical style was quite difficult for the band to play. It was a departure from what we normally play. We're all amateurs and many of us are not even particularly well educated in music (including me), but to get to play some of the world's great music, directed by a top class conductor, alongside fantastic soloists was a privilege I wouldn't have missed!
Such an event obviously takes a tremendous amount of organisation, especially to achieve such a highly professional standard, and Lesley Ann must be congratulated for creating a superb evening.
Darkness to Light, Durham Cathedral, April 2015
Saturday 13 October, 7.30pm
USHAW COLLEGE CHAPEL
A celebration of the best of County Durham:
its inheritance, its countryside and its people
InterOpera brings you some of our most wonderful past commissions from Durham-born composer Will Todd, Condatis by long-time collaborator Steve Robson and an atmospheric new commission, The Promised Child by Julian Philips and Stephen Plaice.
Julian is one the UK’s most versatile composers. He was the first composer-in-residence at Glyndebourne Opera and is currentlyHead of Composition at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Stephen is a well-known dramatist and one of Britain's leading librettists and is professor and writer-in-residence at the Guildhall.
The concert, under the experienced baton of InterOpera’s Music Director Alistair Dawes, features the rich voice of well-loved Australian soprano Laura Wolk-Levanowicz, last heard singing with InterOpera in 2015. Laura has been described in Opera magazine as “a star voice” and “electrifying, vocally every inch an Aida”. You will not be disappointed.
Our dramatic baritone is Chris Childs Santos, currently studying with Renato Bruson, He has already sung in concert with Sir Mark Elder and the great Richard Bonynge. His roles include Macbeth, Germont (sung across Canada) and Iago (in Otello).
We specially welcome new partners Easington Colliery Brass Band and the Ushaw Chapel Choir under the direction of Alex Chisholm-Loxley.
AFTER SHOW RECEPTION
Join us in the Francis Thompson Room after the performance for a free glass of wine and an opportunity to meet members of the cast. Ask those questions that have always perplexed you, learn more about our next production, Lidice Passion and enjoy an insider's glimpse into the production process.