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Watching Over You with Karen Cargill

KAREN CARGILL PHOTO CREDIT K K DUNDASWatching Over You, the premiere of a new song cycle by Scottish composer Rory Boyle, setting a specially-written set of poems by Dilys Rose for Scottish Mezzo Soprano Karen Cargill and Red Note Ensemble. The seven songs tell, in honest first-person detail, of the joys and trials of early motherhood.

Based around the experience of first-time motherhood, it’s not intended as a through narrative but instead focuses on a series of different stages and situations, and their accompanying moods and emotions, that a new mother might experience at different points in her child’s development. These range from the realisation that your life is about to change irrevocably to post-natal blues, from the joy of holding a newborn baby in your arms to the crippling doubts and fears when nursing a sick child through the night, from singing a child to sleep to waving goodbye at the school gates.

19 – 20 May 7.30pm
Watching Over You with Karen Cargill
St Andrew’s in the Square, Glasgow and Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh
Red Note Ensemble conducted by Jean-Claude Picard
Tickets £15 (£10 concession)

Box Office
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Photo credit KK Dundas

 

Ryedale Festival 2014

The Ryedale Festival takes place from Friday 11 to Sunday 27 July 2014 in one of the most attractive parts of the country, Ryedale in North Yorkshire. With venues ranging from picturesque country churches, theatres and some of the most celebrated stately homes in the country, the Ryedale Festival 2014 presents an impressive seventeen days of opera, concerts and literary events. As well as some great names in the classical music world, Ryedale Festival provides a platform for a number of outstanding, young professionals, many of whom perform in the popular series of Coffee Concerts. No Yorkshire Festival would be complete without a brass band, and we are delighted to welcome Kikbymoorside Brass Band for our Garden Party at on the last day of the Festival.

Key highlights include:
New opera production
Monks of Ampleforth Abbey in rare public performance
Five world premieres commissioned by Ryedale Festival
Triple concert at Castle Howard – one of twenty two venues
Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy
Italian and WW1 strands

www.ryedalefestival.com

Think you know The Magic Flute? Think again…

Red Note Ensemble debut at Bath International Festival. 

Red Note Ensemble, Scotland’s contemporary music ensemble, debut at this year’s Bath International Festival in the highly acclaimed production of Mozart’s joyously extrovert opera The Magic Flute.

Directed by Richard Williams, Mozart’s iconic music is a new adaptation for chamber ensemble and Festival Artistic Director Joanna MacGregor’s farewell performance. In the immediate vibrancy of Bath premiere venue Komedia, The Magic Flute recaptures the excitement and popularity of Mozart’s first performance in Vienna’s small Freihaus Theatre in 1791.

Set in a mythical, modern city and in a super-skyscraper, Red Note Ensemble perform with a cast of young international opera singers. The once famous but now reclusive star, The Queen of the Night, has taken refuge. Tamino, the young reporter is out to get a scoop; has Pamina been kidnapped by her father, the multi-media mogul Sarastro, and why are there trials of fire and water for Tamino and Pamina?

Originally arranged for an orchestra hidden in the pit, this chamber arrangement brings the virtuosity of Red Note’s nine brilliant players, right to the front of the stage. Apart from woodwind and strings, you’ll hear Mozart’s gorgeous music played by a sensational accordionist, capturing Wolfgang’s superb populist spirit, and Joanna MacGregor directs from a magic keyboard too!

John Harris, Director of Red Note, says, “This is going to be a lot of fun for us at Red Note. We love Joanna MacGregor, we love her virtuosity, we love the way she thinks about music and makes new things happen, and we’re incredibly excited to see how she and her team re-make Mozart’s wonderful opera for the 21st Century”

The setting moves from the dark lair of Queen of the Night, to Sarastro’s contemporary penthouse hideaway. The set spills out from the stage to the auditorium, as does the action in places, and a silver tree in the audience provides the clues to Tamino and Pamina’s last trial.

This is Mozart at its very best – sparkling, witty, and faithful to the original. Performed in English, this fast-moving, modern dress production has been acclaimed for its clarity, wit and touching sensibility. Highly recommended for all ages, this is true family entertainment with a faultless pedigree, and a delight for both newcomers and opera fans.

Red Note Ensemble, Hear us first.