Classical Concerts in Weybridge & Cobham – An Evening of Opera

Classical Opera with Saira Luther and Emily Leather - Concert in Weybridge at St James' Church

Saturday April 21st 2018 – An Evening of Classical Opera with Saira Luther, Timothy Connor & Emily Leather

Time: 7pm – 9pm (Doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start)

Organised by: Surrey Concerts

Where: St James Church, Weybridge
Church Street,
Weybridge, Surrey KT13 8DF

Other Concerts: Monthly in both Weybridge and Cobham – see programme lower on this page.

Ticket Prices: from £13.50 in advance or from £17 on the door)

Book Tickets Online: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/an-evening-of-classical-opera-with-saira-luther-and-emily-leather-tickets-42531853920 until 3pm on 21st April

Tickets On The Door: from £17 * subject to availability

A Cash Bar will be available

Highlights of this performance will include:

Puccini’s ‘O Mio Babbino Caro’

Mozart’s ‘Der Hölle Rache’ The Queen of the Night aria from The Magic Flute

Handel’s ‘V’adoro pupille’

Puccini’s ‘Un Bel Di Vedremo’ from Madame Butterfly

Saira Luther – Classical Opera Singer

We are thrilled to have booked Saira Luther to perform at this concert. Saira is a much sought after classical singer who has performed on many stages and venues around the world. She performs with the award winning London opera company ‘Opera Up Close, will be touring around the UK with ‘Mozart by Candlelight’, has performed on the iconic Sydney Opera House stage, performs for large charity Balls such as Children with Cancer and Starlight Children’s Charity Ball and performed Christmas Carols in front of thousands at the Melbourne Carols by candlelight.

Timothy Connor – Baritone

Saira will be accompanied by Northern Irish Baritone Timothy Connor, who makes his international debuts this season with performances of Liliam Paterson’s ‘Bambino’ with Scottish Opera at the Theatre du Châtelet, Paris, The Metropolitan Opera, New York and later in Germany as Dancairo (Carmen) with Oper Wuppertal.

His recent operatic roles include Angelotti (Tosca) for English Touring Opera, Pulcino (Bambino) for Scottish Opera/improbable, Dulcamara cover (The Elixir of Love) for Scottish Opera, Sid (Albert Herrring), Papageno (Die Zauberflöte) Licaone (Giove in Argo), Hel Helson (Paul Bunyan) and Peter (Hänsel & Gretel) all for RCMIOS. He has worked with Lawrence Cummings, Phelim McDermott, Michael Rosewell, Nina Brazier, Peter Robinson, Bill Bankes-Jones, Liam Steel, Lliam Peterson, Blanche McIntyre, Oliver Platt and Will Kerley. He made his barbican debut in Iain Burside’s ‘A Soldier and a Maker’ and last season shared the stage with Dame Kiri Te Kanawa and Sir Thomas Allen as Frank in John Copley’s production of Die Fledermaus.

Emily Leather – Piano

Saira and Timothy will both be accompanied by Emily Leather, who will play the piano. Emily graduated as an Opera Coach/repetiteur at the Guildhall and Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. She has since enjoyed a varied career as Music Director, Repetiteur, Animateur and Composer/Arranger in both the US and UK. She was on staff with Cincinnati Opera, Portland Opera and Kentucky Opera as pianist and assistant chorus master and with Opera Manhattan as conductor for Dido and Aeneas. In the UK she has been MD for Opera Up Close in the West End productions of La Bohème and Don Giovanni and is currently repetiteur for the Youth Opera Chorus at the Royal Opera House.

Video

You can listen to Saira in the video below.

Programme Of Classical Concerts In Weybridge & Cobham

Saturday March 17th 2018 – A St Patricks Day Harp Concert with Seana Davey

Saturday March 17th 2018 – A St Patricks Day Harp Concert with Seana Davey

Time: 7pm – 9pm

Organised by: Surrey Concerts

Where: St James Church, Weybridge

Ticket Prices: from £13.50/£15/£20 in advance or from £17 on the door)

Tickets On The Door: From the Parish Hall concert reception desk at 6.30pm on the night.

More Information: Seana Davey _Harp Concert

Classical Opera with Saira Luther and Emily Leather - St James Church, Weybridge Surrey

April 21st 2018 – An Evening of Opera with Saira Luther Timothy Connor and Emily Leather

St James Church, Weybridge

Tickets from £13.50 in advance or from £17 on the door)

Book Tickets:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/an-evening-of-classical-opera-with-saira-luther-and-emily-leather-tickets-42531853920

Classical Guitar Recital with Jim Kelleher - St Andrews Church, Cobham Surrey

April 28th 2018 – A Musical Tour of Europe – Visiting Celtic, Spanish, Baroque, Renaissance and Contemporary Classical Guitar Music

St Andrews Church, Cobham

Tickets from £11.70/£13/£15 in advance or from £15 on the door)

Book Tickets:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/a-musical-tour-of-europe-a-classical-guitar-recital-with-jim-kelleher-tickets-42629552138

Evening of Piano and Vocals with Tim Owen - St Andrews Church, Cobham Surrey

May 26th 2018 – An Evening of Popular Music – Piano and Vocals by Tim Owen

St Andrews Church, Cobham

Tickets from £13.50/£15/£20 in advance or from £17 on the door)

Book Tickets:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/an-evening-of-piano-and-vocals-with-tim-owen-tickets-42629755747 ​

June 16th 2018 – Act TBC
St James Church, Weybridge

June 30th 2018 – Act TBC
St Andrews Church, Cobham

July 14th 2018 – Act TBC
St James Church, Weybridge

July 28th 2018 – Act TBC
St Andrews Church, Cobham

Classical Guitar Recital with Jim Kelleher - St Andrews Church, Cobham Surrey
Classical Opera with Saira Luther and Emily Leather - St James Church, Weybridge Surrey
Evening of Piano and Vocals with Tim Owen - St Andrews Church, Cobham Surrey

About Our Guest Musician: Tau Wey, Pianist

Tau Wey enjoys performing unusual yet captivating music. His eclectic repertoire is as likely to include fugues as folk music, sonatas as songs, and rondos as rags. The music he plays branches out into myriad directions, making connections to the sound worlds that people inhabit.

Born in Taiwan, Tau subsequently lived in Germany and then in England. After reading music at Cambridge, he studied with Yonty Solomon and Douglas Finch at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, and with Jacob Lateiner at Mannes College of Music in New York.

He was awarded First Prize in the Beethoven Piano Society of Europe Competition.

He gave his London debut solo recital at Blackheath Halls in 2006 and his overseas debut at the Music Forum in Taipei the following year. He has made appearances on Radio 3, at the Aldeburgh Festival and at the Royal Albert Hall as part of the BBC Proms season.

Tau is currently Head of Keyboard at Sevenoaks School and a piano tutor on the Kent International Piano Course.

After entertaining us in 2013 as a part of a two-piano duo, he pays a return visit to Esher, this time in a solo capacity, and the core of his programme will be the ever popular ‘Pictures at an Exhibition’ by Mussorgsky

Tau Wey - Head of Keyboard at Sevenoaks School and piano tutor on Kent International Piano Course

Programme For Tau Wey’s Concert

Pictures at an Exhibition is nowadays best known in the orchestral version by Ravel. However, it is the original version for piano with its powerful immediacy and potent crudeness that we are going to hear today. Mussorgsky composed Pictures as a memorial to his friend, the Russian artist Viktor Hartmann, who had died in 1873 at age 39. Shortly after the artist’s death, Mussorgsky visited a retrospective exhibit of Hartmann’s sketches, stage designs, and architectural studies and captured the experience imaginatively in music.

Ravel’s Pavane pour une infante défunte also has a double life as an orchestral piece. It is a beautifully evocative dance in the neo-classical style, and inspired by a picture of a little dancing princess by Velazquez.

Ginastera was one of the most important Argentine composers. The Danzas Argentinas, though they do not relate to pictures and have not been orchestrated, are wonderfully descriptive pieces ideally written for the virtuosic medium of the piano.

Modest Mussorgsky (1839-1881)
Pictures at an Exhibition (1874)

Promenade
1 Gnome[Promenade 2]
2 The old castle[Promenade 3]
3 Tuileries (Dispute between children at play)
4 Cattle[Promenade 4]
5 Ballet of the unhatched chicks
6 “Samuel” Goldenberg and “Schmuÿle”[Promenade 5]
7 The market (the big news)
8 Catacombæ (Sepulcrum romanum)
Cum mortuis in lingua mortua (With the dead in a dead language)
9 The hut on hen’s legs (Baba-Yaga)
10 The Knight’s Gate (in the ancient capital, Kiev)

Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
Pavane pour une infante défunte (1899)

Alberto Ginastera (1916-1983)
Danzas Argentinas, Op. 2 (1937)

I Dance of the old herdsman
II Dance of the beautiful maiden

Musicians Art Gallery

Piano Recital Painting from the Musicians Art Gallery
The Cellists - Painting by Woking Surrey Artist Sera Knight
The Cellists - Painting by Woking Surrey Artist Sera Knight

Music lovers may wish to take a look at a collection of lovely paintings by local award winning artist Sera Knight from Woking, Surrey. Click on the images above to see more paintings in this collection and other examples of her work.

Sera accepts commissions, so if you have a photo of musicians, a dancer or something else you’d like painted in her style, then please get in touch with Sera. Her contact details are on the Surrey Artists website.

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