Another classic

PUBLISHED: 11:17 29 August 2012




ALL Saints’ Church in Weston hosts another of its outstanding one-hour lunchtime concerts on September 8.

Featuring well-known mezzo-soprano recitalist, Margaret Hopes, it is entitled Centenaries in Song.

The programme will include Finzi’s song cycle Let Us Garlands Bring, a setting of five Shakespeare songs dedicated to Ralph Vaughan Williams.

Works by Vaughan Williams, Roger Quilter, Delius and Hubert Parry will round off this late-summer concert in the superb acoustic of the grade two listed church in All Saints Road.

This year is the birth centenary of two notable singers - Kathleen Ferrier and Marjorie Avis - and the latter was Margaret Hopes’ first singing teacher.

Margaret began singing while a pupil at Weston Grammar School for Girls and a student at Newton Park College, Bath, studied under Richard Graves (a former organist at the now redundant St Saviour’s Church in Locking Road and late father of actor Rupert Graves), Mollie Petrie and Marjorie Avis, and eventually qualified as an Associate of the Royal College of Music.

Margaret’s repertoire as a recitalist and oratorio soloist is well known in the west country and her talents have been much appreciated by generations of pupils through her role as a schools music co-ordinator.

She is currently president of Weston Choral Society.

The concert will begin at noon and £6 tickets, inclusive of a light lunch, will be available at the door

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