DIDO & AENEAS
Performed by Cantamus choir & Conducted by PHILIP ADAMS
Piano accompaniment by Michael Finnissy
SATURDAY 1st JUNE 7pm / HOLT CHURCH, NR25 6BB
Cantamus is a community choir of 35-40 singers from across a number of parishes in North Norfolk. They will be performing Henry Purcell’s ‘Dido & Aeneas’ (1689), one of the first English operas, and is now one the most frequently performed.
The story, from the fourth book of Virgil’s ‘Aeneid’, depicts the Trojan prince Aeneas’s dalliance with Dido, queen of Carthage, interrupting his quest to establish the city of Rome. Dido’s lament, at the end of the opera, has become a common part of Remembrance Day services across the UK, and has been recorded many times, including by rock and soul singers.
The principal roles are taken by Julia Smith (Dido), Christopher Barnes (Aeneas) and Jodie Wiggins (Belinda, Dido’s sister). Instrumental support is given by strings and harpsichord led by Eddie Jones.
Cantamus choir would welcome new members of all ages and abilities. We rehearse every Thursday evening, over two terms, at Thorpe Market church and work towards two performances at Christmas and in May or June. We are a very sociable choir and can put you in touch with someone who is happy to car share.
Tickets are £10 (£8 Concessions / free under 16) entry on the door or in advance / A Licenced Bar will be available
Please contact the Secretary for further information: / Tel: 01263 833847