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Crimes Against Taste Return to Sheffield

‘Tenor and Baritone’

A Musical Comedy exploring the hilariously tragic lives of two aspiring opera singers.

Saturday 4th June @ 7.30pm in Sheffield Library Theatre

Tickets £9 in advance (including booking fee)  / £12 on the door

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Graham Neal (tenor) and Jon Openshaw (baritone) are budding young opera singers dreaming of superstardom, but when their grumpy accompanist (Robert Webb) brings them down to earth with a few home truths, they are forced into a rethink… perhaps more diversity could hold the key to success…?

The show features two professional opera singers performing music as diverse as opera (mainly with the mick taken out of it) Flanders and Swann, Tom Lehrer, Dolly Parton, Rap and Pop wrapped up in a hilarious story line. You will laugh until you cry – and there really is something for everyone!

Crimes Against Taste are one of the UK’s finest (and only) classical-comedy-cabaret-crossover-acts! Here’s what the audience and reviewers have had to say about them:

“Absolutely brilliant”

“Witty and fun evening”

“…exemplary renditions of many of my comedy favourites… I’m already looking forward to your next performance”

“.. a lewd sense of humour can lurk beneath the proper exterior… The performance was slick and well-paced … murmurs of approval heard from the outset and some extremely positive audience feedback at the end”

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Trailer of our previous show, ‘Tales of Lust, Love and Heartbreak’ :www.youtube.com/watch?v=lTRLTY-QQdk

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St George and the Dragon

This Saturday is St George’s Day and Bel Canto will be celebrating the day in style.

There are two main items in the concert: Puccini’s Messa di Gloria and my new Dramatic Cantata – St George and the Dragon.

cover 2The Messa di Gloria was written when Puccini (1858-1924) was still very young, this piece shows the exuberance of youth, with a fair amount of skill, and is just plain fun. Puccini composed the Mass as his graduation exercise from the Istituto Musicale Pacini and It had its first performance in Lucca on July 12, 1880. Apparently it is not a true “Messa di Gloria” as these only had Kyrie and Gloria, but Puccini had already written a Credo (performed in 1878) and so perhaps, having written a new Kyrie and Gloria, decided to use the existing Credo, add a quick Sanctus, Benedictus and Agnus Dei (and these movements are really quite short) to complete the mass. The music is unashamedly operatic in nature, and those who know Rossini’s Petite Messe Solenelle will immediately recognise some of the styles. It is a great piece to perform and even better to listen to.

Alongside this work, you’ll be able to hear the first outing of my new dramatic cantata St George and the Dragon, written specially for the occasion. This witty telling of the story of our Patron Saint’s encounter with a Dragon features the choir as the concerned villagers, a heroic tenor (David Watkin-Holmes) as St George, a baritone solo (Peter Taylor) as the King of the town plagued by the Dragon, and a soprano soloist (Clare Wheat) as his slightly ditzy daughter, destined to be fed to the Dragon.

The words have been written by my ever-supportive parents, and the Cantata is accompanied by piano (the marvellous Jonathan Gooing) and percussion. The choir and soloists have enjoyed learning it, and the performance promises to be a great success.

 

The end of another busy weekend with over 12 hours each day,  but all very worth while.  Excellent concert last evening with Sheffield Chamber Choir,  fun rehearsals with brass players for exams on Wednesday, really good rehearsal with Bel Canto this evening,  rounded off with a quick Crimes Against Taste set for the SingSoc Cabaret Evening. Now for dinner and Homeland.

Roll on another week and the beginning of the Christmas Concert Season.