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Iford Arts is proud to announce the creation of a new performing version of A Fairy Queen.
July | Sat 23  | Wed 27 | Fri 29  | Sat 30 | Aug | Tues 2 | Wed 3 | 


Christian Curnyn has been indisposed and has been unable to participate (though we are pleased to hear that he is now recovering.)  In the absence of Christian it will be very exciting to hear this ingenious new take on Purcell’s beautiful ‘semi opera’ straight from the hands of its creator, Tim Nelson, who is of course, also an established harpsichordist and conductor.

We are all eagerly looking forward the Iford premiere of Tim’s innovative realisation, the culmination of a year’s work.

We also look forward to getting your views afterwards.

Conductor: Tim Nelson
Director: Tim Nelson

Sung in English

Titania – Lucy Page
Hermia – Ciara Hendrick
Demetrius/Bottom – Jon Stainsby
Puck – Frederick Long
Fairy/Peter Quince – Stuart Jackson
Oberon – Jake Arditti
Helena/Snout – Rose Setten

Anyone who has ever fallen madly in love should be in the audience for Fairy Queen at Iford. It is based firmly on scenes from Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream. Tim Nelson has created a new performing version of Henry Purcell’s score fused more closely than heretofore with Shakespeare’s most beloved comic fantasy. Purcell’s brilliant, acid, spikey, haunting, dance-driven music will be performed by Tim Nelson from the harpsichord alongside the  Early Opera Company orchestra, together with a starry cast of singers. The music in our new version creates a continuous thread, entangling the Fairies, the runaway lovers and the ‘rude mechanicals’ together in an English dreamworld. In the other- worldly atmosphere of Iford, other-worldly explanations are as good as any other to explain the ridiculous and inexplicable gusts of human passion…

“Iford is a gem” Hugh Canning. the Sunday Times

Gates open at 6pm for picnics.
Performance starts at 7.30pm.  For more information please look here

Opera Tickets £118 (Sun-Fri) £122 (Sat)


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