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International Concert Stars Sing For Local Charity
Wednesday - June 8, 2016
Four talented soloists from the international world of opera are joining together to give a special concert at The Georgian Theatre Royal in Richmond on Sunday 19 June at 7.30pm in aid of a local children’s charity.

Music for a Midsummer Evening will feature Graeme Danby (bass and compere), Valerie Reid (mezzo soprano), Sarah Fox (soprano) and Austin Gunn (tenor) who will perform a varied programme of music that ranges from Lehrer to Lehar and Puccini to Flanders and Swann. They will be accompanied by Anthony Krauss on the piano.

The event will raise funds for ‘We Can Dance’ – a charity that supports music and dance projects for children with special educational needs. Local schools that have been supported in recent years by the charity include the special needs wing of Darlington’s Educational Village; Abbey Hill School at Stockton on Tees and Priory Woods School in Middlesbrough.

All four soloists have strong connections to the region. Graeme Danby was born in Consett, County Durham; Valerie Reid is a vocal tutor at The University of Sunderland; Sarah Fox was born and educated at Giggleswick in North Yorkshire; and Austin Gunn teaches for the Music Department at Durham University.

Graeme Danby has a long association with English National Opera and is regularly heard at Covent Garden’s Royal Opera House, Glyndebourne Festival, Teatro de Liceau in Barcelona and at La Scala, Milano. He has made many radio and television performances – including live broadcasts at the BBC Proms – and is well-known on the popular ‘Friday Night is Music Night’ on Radio 2. 

Valerie Reid has sung with English National Opera and Scottish Opera and given performances at concerts all over the world, including St Petersburg, Monte Carlo, Geneva, Salzburg, Turin, Canada and Hong Kong.

Sarah Fox is one of the leading English sopranos of her generation. She has appeared at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; Glyndebourne, with the Royal Danish Opera and at the Salzburg and Aix-en-Provence Festivals.

Austin Gunn made his operatic debut with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and has since sung with many leading orchestras, including the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra; English National Opera and Scottish Opera.

Tickets for Music for a Midsummer Evening cost from £7 to £20 and are available from the Box Office on 01748 825252 or by visiting www.georgiantheatreroyal.co.uk

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