An evening of Puccini

Salisbury Chamber Chorus

Simon McEnery director
John Cuthbert piano
plus a small orchestral ensemble

Salisbury Chamber Chorus is going back to its roots this spring, with another evening dedicated to a single operatic composer. This time it’s Puccini, and those of you with long memories might recall we did something similar ten years ago. Since then, we’ve tackled Wagner and Verdi as well as sidesteps into Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, Shostakovich and Mussorgsky, but now we return to one of the absolute greats of Italian opera.

We’re planning to highlight choruses and ensembles from La Bohème, Turandot, Madam Butterfly and Tosca, as well as less well-known pieces from Manon Lescaut, Edgar and La Fanciulla del West. Of all the operatic greats, Puccini touches us emotionally more than any other. And musically he bridges the romanticism of the 19th century with the beginnings of modernism of the 20th. Maybe that’s why he still has such universal appeal; certainly, we think you’ll love it as much as we do.

We’re also bringing in a small ensemble of orchestral players – a few string, wind and brass players, and a bit of percussion too, we hope – to add to the colour, alongside John Cuthbert at the piano and Simon McEnery directing.

Sunday 3 April, 6.00 pm
St Mary and St Nicholas’ Church, Wilton

Tickets £15 from eventbrite.co.uk (search for “Salisbury Chamber Chorus”) or on the door