Invasion of young, talented singers

The cast from Barefoot Opera

The cast from Barefoot Opera

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Prepare for an invasion of a troupe of young and exuberant singers at St Mary in the Castle.

Barefoot Young Artists (formerly Complete Singer), after their great success last year with Mozart’s Magic Flute, is bringing a characteristically fresh, physical and original production of Purcell’s masterworks: The Fairy Queen and Dido and Aeneas, to the venue on Thursday, September 12 at 7.30pm.

This is a fully staged production, with a remarkable instrumental ensemble including a free-base accordion. Music director Lesley-Anne Sammons, who has worked with major opera houses all over Europe teams up with Jenny Miller, well-known to this area for her work with young singers and a professional singer and director in her own right.

The costumes are designed by Hastings-born Hannah-Lauren Whitham and director Jenny Miller has been a resident of St Leonards for 22 years. The young singers include local talents Anne Rebecca Laurent and Susannah Appleyard as well as gifted graduates from the London conservatories. Ticket enquiries on 01424 432985 or to barefoot-opera@gmx.com (£15, £12 concessions, £10 students and under 16).