A word from our directors about plans for the rest of 2018

  • Posted on: 30 July 2018
  • By: Dorothy Withers

Greetings to everyone connected with Heber Opera whether singers or supporters – I hope you have all been enjoying the spell of summer weather even though is has been a bit on the hot side for some.

Well, “Rigoletto” has been finally put to bed – the finances have all been tallied up – huge thanks to Jenny Letton our Treasurer- and we actually came out on the right side of the balance sheet having made a small profit of just over £100. Of course we cannot be complacent because costs keep going up year on year.

Before I move on to plans for the remainder of this year and then 2019 I would just like to give a final huge thank you to everyone who was involved in Rigoletto making it such a fantastic show. The principals had a mountain to climb vocally and dramatically and achieved it 100%. The chorus too pulled out all the stops and I hope felt proud of themselves at the end of the run, they certainly deserved to. To the orchestra and everyone who helped behind the scenes a big thank you too. Bravo Tutti.

We are currently in rehearsal for our concert on 15th September as part of the Hurstpierpoint Festival . Tickets can be obtained from the Festival Box Office, please follow this link to the Hurstpierpoint Festival website and scroll down the page.

The programme will include some well known choruses along with some solos that you might not have heard before. Veronica Brooks ( our lovely Gilda from this year’s Rigoletto ) will be singing the famous “Casta Diva” from “Norma” by Bellini and this is a clue to our plans for 2019!! Watch this space !

After September we then start to think about (yes, it’s on it’s way..) Christmas !! We have been asked back to Brighton’s Royal Pavilion where we will provide a short entertainment for one of the prestigious dinners that are held there in December and then of course we don our winter woollies, hats and gloves to sing carols for the diners on the Bluebell Railway. We have been doing this now for what seems like for ever but is probably only about 35 years !!!, and the Christmas season just wouldn’t be the same without standing on a freezing railway platform singing Good King Wenceslas etc. David and Liffy Carverhill, stalwarts of our merry band, perform sterling work by keeping us all topped up with mulled wine and other warming beverages. We have about 13 sessions this year so who says we don’t suffer for our art?

Once the Bluebell carols are finished we have a very welcome short break with just enough time to whizz round and buy all the last minute presents, make the mince pies etc and prepare the food for the Festive season. A quick chorus of “Auld Lang Syne” and off we go again.

More information re 2019 coming soon….