HCTogether - Leave the Lockdown Launch

Sep 3, 2020


Leave the Lockdown Launch

To get involved in our ‘Leave the Lockdown’ campaign, please send your edited images, videos and recordings to kelly@theholroyd.com. We look forward to receiving them by Thursday 8th October.


Gian Carol Menotti’s The Telephone

Next week we look forward to the collaboration of two opera companies - North Wales Opera Studio and Flat Pack Opera who will treat us to a concert of opera classics.

This evening, in anticipation of ’Last Night of the Proms’, we whet your appetite with a commission for the Edinburgh International Festival by Scottish Opera that was produced in a mere four weeks for the Festival’s online Festival - “My Light Shines On" that has been awarded 5-star reviews.

Huge thanks to Old Moretonian and friend of the HCT, Susannah Wapshott who recommended this performance to us. Susannah was heavily involved in the project and plays the piano in the orchestra.

So little is known about the spread of the Covid-19, the ban on singing and wind and brass playing has been debilitating to getting opera companies and orchestras back in business, let alone thinking about how to deal with a socially distanced audience. Therefore, Susannah came up with the idea of Menotti’s The Telephone, a 25-minute piece for only two singers and small orchestra with a very relevant storyline, despite having been written in 1947.

Menotti lived out his final years in Scotland, near Edinburgh, and Susannah's original idea was to perform the piece in his walled garden at Yester House, now a wedding venue. However, at the same time she had pitched the idea to the General Director. In a mere four weeks they were able to cast, rehearse, record, film and edit a new production of ‘The Telephone’ which has since been awarded 5 stars from The Times, The Scotsman, Bachtrack and The Arts Desk and is The Sunday Times pick of UK culture this week. All credit to Scottish Opera for making this happen- it’s a charming wee film! Enjoy!



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