Park Opera at South Hill Park on SundayBy Caroline Cook
June 21, 2012
A song from the musical Oklahoma! which is said to be one of the Queen’s favourites will be played during a summer concert in Bracknell.
Park Opera is hosting Songs for a Summer’s Night at South Hill Park in Bracknell on Sunday with an eclectic selection of music.
The programme includes People Will Say We’re In Love from Oklahoma! which the Queen alledgedly played repeatedly on her gramophone around the time she met Prince Phillip.
“It’s a light-hearted evening of music with a nostalgic and patriotic feel,” said Park Opera chairman, Graham McGregor Smith.
“It includes our tribute to Her Majesty, O Peaceful England from Merrie England, which I find very moving.”
The concert also includes the Flower Duet from Lakmé, which is better known as the theme tune to the British Airways television adverts, and Ivor Novello’s Someday My Heart Will Awake.
Swann’s famous Hippopotamus Song (Glorious Mud!) will also be entertaining the crowds along with popular pieces from composers like Mozart, Johann Strauss and Gilbert and Sullivan.
Soloists Debra Morley, who has performed with Park Opera previously, rising young tenor Harry Bagnall and stalwarts Ian Henderson and Geoff James, will be taking lead roles on the night.
Songs for a Summer’s Night is an opportunity for Park Opera to showcase their musical talents ahead of their production of Madame Butterfly in February next year.
Park Opera is also encouraging people to make the most of their summer evening by enjoying the area around South Hill Park before the show.
“The beautiful grounds of South Hill Park would make an ideal place for our audience to have a picnic before the concert or enjoy a drink on the elegant terrace,” said Graham.
“We hope you will come along and join us for a perfect way to enjoy an English summer evening.”
Don't miss Park Opera presents Songs for a Summer’s Night on Sunday, June 24 at South Hill Park, Bracknell. Box office (01344) 484 123
- Tickets are £12.50 and can be bought by calling the box office.
The concert will also be performed at St Swithun’s Church in Yateley on Sunday, July 1.
For more details visit www.southhillpark.org.uk.