After Collectormania there was still one event to go to. My good friend Laura Fawcett was performing in a Wagner and Verdi bicentenary celebration at the Milton Keynes Theatre on Sunday evening (17th November).
Before I tell you about the event let me tell you about how much I love classical music. From an early age I have always enjoyed listening to classical music whether it be Mozart, Verdi, Brahms and many more. I remember that the first classical album I ever owned was “The Four Seasons” by Vivaldi played by Nigel Kennedy. I can listen to “Swan Lake” and “The Nutcracker” time and time again. Classical music allows me to relax; it allows me to “slow down”. I also have to say that classical music can be quite emotional for me. I remember at school once during one particular music lesson we heard a piece (of which I can’t think of) of music that had a profound impact on me. I had tears in my eyes after listening to it (the bullies loved this) and even now there are pieces that are so emotive for me. Any chance to attend a classical concert is a must for me. Over the years I have attended the Royal Albert Hall to for their classical gala concerts and even attended a concert on Christmas eve which was amazing.
When Laura mentioned that she would be performing and that tickets were still available I jumped at the chance to attend. I would be going to the concert with Laura’s parents; Colin and Janene and Laura’s younger sister Maria. I have to thank them all for making me feel so comfortable and making the evening so enjoyable.
Laura is a member of the Danesborough Chorus and is a Contraltos within the chorus. The Chorus was formed in 1975 and Laura is currently the youngest member but I can tell you that age doesn’t matter since Laura is a wonderful singer.
As well as the Danesborough Chorus the Milton Keynes Chorale would also be performing and the Milton Keynes City Orchestra. The orchestra would be conducted by Ian Smith who Laura has known for many years since he was her music teacher at school.
The first part of the concert included two pieces from Wagner including the famous “The Ride of the Valkyries” which is from the second of his four operas of the Ring cycle. I am sure most will remember that piece of music being used in the Stanley Kubrick film “Apocalypse Now” . You can’t help but feel the adrenaline going when you hear this. The orchestra played this perfectly.
The second half of the concert was Requiem. A requiem is a mass for the the souls of the dead and for Verdi he wrote his to remember two important influences in Italian culture. Gioacchino Rossini who had been a major influence on Italian opera and Alessandro Manzoni the famous poet. Verdi also felt that Italian culture was heading in a new direction and wanted to remember the past.
Both the orchestra and singers made this a truly memorable event. I love watching an orchestra play and from where we sat I was able to get a great view of them. I also have to say that watching Laura sing was really enjoyable too. I know Laura from Star Trek and podcasting and last night I saw a whole new side to her. The amount of effort that must go into performing, rehearsing for something like this must be staggering.
I really did enjoy myself last night and I am looking forward to seeing Laura perform again. A perfect ending to a wonderful and busy week.
Find our more about the Danesborugh Chorus on their website.