Thursday, 6 August 2009

Stars, music and fireworks at Bicton

A ten-year-old mezzo-soprano from Devon will be one of the stars at the third Proms in the Park series to be staged at Bicton Park Botanical Gardens http://www.bictongardens.co.uk/ near Budleigh Salterton on Friday 14 August.

Hannah Jewell, described as a singing sensation whose talent is clearly beyond her years, has already recorded a CD of classical music, and is now taking weekly lessons in London with Paloma Bruce, the lyric coloratura soprano from New Zealand.

Also singing in the concert will be Helen Evora, another up-and-coming Devon-based performer who has just joined English National Opera.

The programme will include popular numbers like the famous ‘Flower Duet’ by Delibes from the opera Lakmé and ‘Summertime’ from Gershwin’s opera Porgy and Bess.

Dr Laszlo Marosi (right), the internationally acclaimed conductor from Florida will be directing The South West Symphonic Wind Orchestra alongside Guy Woolfenden OBE, another celebrated musician who has collaborated with some of the world's finest directors, designers and choreographers in many award-winning productions. He is one of only a few British composers to be recognised for his contributions to wind music.

Friday’s concert which begins at 6.30 pm has been described as “a fun packed classical music extravaganza for the whole family” with a spectacular firework finale to end at 10.30 pm. The event is one of a series of charity concerts which are benefiting Dream-A-Way http://www.dream-a-way.co.uk/ , the charity which provides holidays and outings for disabled people of all ages throughout the South-West of England.

Tickets are £12 for adults and £6 for children. To reserve tickets call 01395 568465

Laszlo Marosi photo credit: http://music.ucf.edu/faculty_marosi.php

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