The Long Room Concert
Opera fills the Long Room for the Lord’s Taverners
Quietly sitting at our tables in the magnificent Long Room at Lord's anticipating a gentle evening of operatic favourites before our dinner, we were loudly interrupted Rossini's Factotum from the Barber of Seville marching into the room in the shape of baritone Gavan Ring. This was the start of a wonderful hour of operatic favourites sung by a quartet of young operatic rising stars. Gavan was joined by soprano Sky Ingram, mezzo-soprano Hanna Hipp and tenor David Butt Philip - keep an eye out for these names in the opera houses of the world if this evening's erformances are anything to go by. After arias and duets by Smetana, Puccini, Mozart, Delibes and Lehar the four singers, accompanied superbly and musically by Alice Turner at the piano, combined to perform the glorious quartet from Verdi's Rigoletto. The quartet was the climax of the short concert, as it reminded us all of the film Quartet about ageing singers in an old people's home joining together for their last hurrah.
To cap it all there was Sir Tom Courtenay, a star of the film, to introduce the concert and give us an insight into the background to the film and some anecdotes about its making. He was to have been joined by Sir Ronald Harwood who sadly was ill and unable to be with us.
The evening all began with champagne in the Lord’s Museum and for those not familiar with the hallowed stadium, the question ran round: Are those really THE ASHES? Smug cricketing aficionados assured them that they were indeed and walked off leaving the newbies with awe on their faces.
Chris Cowdrey welcomed us into the Long Room with a passionate introduction about the great work of the Lord’s Taverners and then returned later to conduct a very successful auction with lots of great variety. He also welcomed Graeme Swann to the evening – actually an amazing lookalike in Gavan Ring, our aforementioned baritone singer.
Sir Richard Stilgoe gave us a typically witty grace before launching into a great dinner which included a delicious non-musical Trio of Kentish lamb,
Over £5000 was raised from 130 guests who played their full part in the auction and two raffles. Huge thanks go to Anne Wadsworth who sponsored the evening so generously and to all involved in the organisation including John Hague who masterminded the stage management and looked after the singers and to Francesca Wynne-Morgan who put the evening together all so warmly and efficiently.
A brilliant evening enjoyed by all.
Original event details:
Venue: The Long Room, Lord’s Cricket Ground, NW8 8QN
Times: Champagne Reception: 6.45pm
Tickets: £95 - Members
£100 - Non-Members
To include: Champagne Reception, 3 course meal and 1/2 bottle of wine per person
Dress code: Black Tie
We return to the Home of Cricket in October for another brilliant Long Room Concert with a performance from a quartet of young opera stars presented by Sir Tom Courtenay & Sir Ronald Harwood*, in the intimate setting of The Long Room.
The evening will begin with a Champagne reception in the MCC Museum, where the winning Ashes trophy is displayed, followed by the concert in The Long Room. Dinner will be served after the performance.
Be quick to book your tickets as they are selling out fast.
For information please call the Events department on 020 7821 2828 or email us.
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