The Academy of Sacred Music's Opera Excerpts, which were held at Adelaides on Bath Street, were a great success, and a celebration of our talented young singers.
Featuring an array of excerpts, from operas including Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro, Semele and The Magic Flute, the show was greatly enjoyed, both by the audience, and the performers
Many students of the Academy show talent, not only in singing, but in acting also. This was evident in the quality of the individual acts.
Rosie Lavery, a student of The Academy of Sacred Music since it's inception, has been chosen as the RSNO Young Ambassador for the Glasgow area.
Following her recent solo role for The Academy of Sacred Music - alongside a professional trio and acclaimed counter-tenor, Malcolm Bennett - in a performance of Arvo Part's Stabat Mater, in Glasgow, Rosie is delighted to be engaged in this role for the RSNO.
Having recently attended a deeply moving performance by the RNSO, A French Feast, Rosie commented on the rich vein of beauty within the Programme, and the subtle and perfectly-balanced performance of the Orchestra, which, as she put it: “had the effect of raising the spirit of all in attendance”.
The power of music to convey beauty reflects one of the founding principles of The Academy of Sacred Music and we are therefore delighted that she has been chosen to engage a new generation of young people in Glasgow in the activities of such a distinguished Orchestra.
We have no doubt that this can only benefit Rosie, and The Academy, given that she will have the opportunity to experience, in close quarters, the preparation and performance of some of the most beautiful music ever written.
A NEW PERFORMANCE OF MESSIAH IN ITS ORIGINAL SETTING OF EASTERTIDE
Following our acclaimed world premiere of Michael O’Sullivan’s Stabat Mater, The Academy of Sacred Music is returning with an intimate setting of Messiah, one of the best-loved (and most frequently performed) sacred works.
Giving George Bernard Shaw his wish – returning to Messiah as Handel originally set it (and as Mozart later re-set) – this performance will feature “a capable chorus of twenty singers” (circa 28 in this case) to draw out the intensely subtle, and almost entirely Biblical, narrative.
Timed to coincide with its first performance – which took place in Eastertide, 1742 – The Academy has teamed up with Conductor Julian Hodgson to bring Messiah back to its roots: a musical account of Salvation history, centred on Christ as its fulfilment, performed after Easter by a small chorus and orchestra.
This reflects one of our primary aims: to perform authentic interpretations of both popular and lesser-known sacred works, focusing on the depth of the works and their true meaning, as evident in recent performances of Pärt’s Stabat Mater, Victoria’s Tenebrae Responsories and Faure’s Requiem.
This performance will also showcase the talents of six of our outstanding young singers (all aged 17), Daniel Barrett (Baritone), Holly Garrick (Soprano), Rosie Lavery (Soprano), Neil Macdonald (Bass), Mhairi MacKenzie (Mezzo), and Niamh McKendrick (Soprano), in addition to AOSM Graduate Lorna Murray, who will perform a selection of the solo arias, backed by professional orchestra and experienced tenor, Malcolm Bennett, and bass, George Gordon.
The performance Interval will be in the Eyre Hall, within the office of the Archdiocese of Glasgow (adjacent to the Cathedral).
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