The Fairy-Queen

The Opera Circle with Dame Emma Kirkby and HGO's artistic team
Victoria Hall
06 Mar 2024 7:30pm - 9:30pm
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We are especially pleased to welcome Dame Emma Kirkby and HGO to join us in presenting an evening on Purcell, with his finest work for the stage The Fairy Queen, HGO’s forthcoming new production.  We will be talking about Purcell and the historical background, as well as comparing different styles of performances.  Also included will be the Director, Music Director and some singers involved with the production.

Dame Emma Kirkby – Biography
Emma Kirkby feels lucky in many ways: that she met renaissance vocal polyphony while still at school, that she studied Classics and sang with the Schola Cantorum at Oxford, and, best of all, that there she encountered “historical” instruments known to Renaissance and Baroque composers, the lute, harpsichord, and wind and string instruments, whose sound and human scale drew from her an instinctive response. As a schoolteacher and amateur singer she was invited to perform professionally with pioneer groups; and long partnerships followed in Britain and abroad, with ensembles, individual players, and record companies, so that now Emma’s voice and style are recognized worldwide. Emma was awarded a DBE in 2007, and in 2011 the Queen’s Medal for Music. Amazed by all this, she is nevertheless glad of the recognition it implies, for a way of music-making that values ensemble, clarity and stillness above volume and display; above all she is delighted to see a new generation of singers and players bringing their skills to the endeavour.

Doors open: 7pm
Start: 7.30pm

£7 HLSI Members (£12 for non-members) in advance
£12 for all on the door
Includes pre-performance wine or soft drinks