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Saturday, 31 August 2019

The Gardeners at the Garden Museum

The Courtyard Garden at the Garden Museum
The Courtyard Garden at the Garden Museum
The Garden Museum in Lambeth is the UK's only museum celebrating British gardens and gardening so it seems a piece of wonderful synergy that we are able to give the second performance of Joanna Wyld and my opera The Gardeners at the museum on Monday 9 September 2019. Based in the former church of St Mary at Lambeth (with its monuments to Nancy Storace, the first Susanna in Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro, Captain Bligh and the John Tradescants, father and son 17th century gardeners and plant hunters), the opera will be performed in the fine acoustics of the church's former nave. Beforehand we will be serving a glass of wine in the museum's fine Dan Pearson-designed garden, full of the sort of exotic plants which the Tradescants brought back from their plant hunting exploits.

'Hugill's music has a moving serenity' - Opera Magazine
Robert Hugill & Joanna Wyld: The Gardeners - Conway Hall June 2019 (Photo Robert Piwko)
Robert Hugill & Joanna Wyld: The Gardeners - Conway Hall June 2019 (Photo Robert Piwko)


The Gardeners will be performed by the same performers as at the work's premiere in June 2019 at Conway Hall. 
'A beautiful piece, beautifully performed' - Seen and Heard International
William Vann conducts Peter Brathwaite as the Old Gardener, Magid El-Bushra as the Angry Young Man, Julian Debreuill as the Gardener, Flora McIntosh as the Grandmother and Georgia Mae Bishop as the Mother, with Oliver Wass (harp), Sacha Rattle (clarinet), Charlotte Amherst (violin), Joanna Patrick (viola), and Sophie Haynes (cello).


'Quite a feat! ... It lingers in the memory' - Classical Source

Further details from The Gardeners website, and tickets price £25 from Tickettailor.

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