Eastbourne may never have experienced anything quite like the volume of sound produced during the Wagner, Verdi and Britten concert on Saturday, May 4.
The Grade II listed All Saints Chapel was filled to capacity with opera lovers thrilling to the magnificent music of these three great composers – 200 years after the births of the first two, 100 for Britten.
The cast was led by the international bass/baritone Sir John Tomlinson, famed for his dramatic interpretations in the works of these three masters.
Joining him were many of the most outstanding younger generation of opera singers – many playing leading roles all over the UK and overseas.
The Music Club of London in conjunction with the Mastersingers Opera Company hosted a weekend of related opera events, lectures and master classes planned by leading international opera director, David Edwards – culminating in a spectacular candle-lit banquet on the Sunday evening in which some 100 people were treated to a superb dinner with mainly lighter musical entertainment including a brilliant harpist.
Is there any finer venue to host such events? Has Eastbourne ever been treated to such a musical feast?
by Michael Bousfield
Picture by Ian Jones