Bristol & West of England Friends Events

Venue: The Red Maids’ School, Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol BS9 3AW 7.15pm. 

Wednesday 16 September
Exploring I puritani
Andrew Borkowski looks at Bellini’s last opera, to be performed by WNO this Autumn.

Wednesday 7 October
Castaway’s Choice
Mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly talks about her distinguished career and favourite music.

Wednesday 18 November
Music during the Great War
Chris Ball looks at the survival of touring opera companies; composers and performers who made the ultimate sacrifice; and the growing important of the gramophone.

Wednesday 9 December
WNO Exposed
John Richardson talks about his work on WNO’s Company Archive.

Wednesday 17 February
Richard Strauss – Wild Child to Dinosaur
David Bednall takes a look at a number of Strauss’s much-loved operas, including Der Rosenkavalier.

Wednesday 23 March
Letters in Opera – Musical Notes
In a light-hearted talk with music, Chris Thomas talks about operas in which letters or notes are crucial to the plot.

Wednesday 20 April
In Parenthesis
WNO Dramaturg Sophie Rashbrook introduces Iain Bell’s opera ahead of its world premiere by WNO in June.

Wednesday 18 May
Big Smile, Broad Shoulders
Ian Douglas, WNO Company Manager, talks about his role: the thrills and spills, the good days and bad, the exhilaration and disappointments.

Wednesday 15 June
Reggie
Ian Cartwright looks at Sir Reginald Goodall’s conducting career through his recordings (mainly, but not exclusively, of Wagner), including those made with WNO in the 1980s.
This talk will be preceded by the Annual General Meeting at 7.15pm.

Contact: Margaret Borkowski 0127 5848 526 email borkmail@gmail.com