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A view from the Church – Chris’s blog

A short review of the Friday night concert at St Mary’s Church. Next year we hope to bring you blogs from each night at the Church!

Following three successful events in the classical series this year at Monmouth Festival with record audience sizes, we were treated to a marvellous recital by local opera singer William Mackie on Friday, accompanied by Gareth Llyr Simon on piano. The performance was well received by a large and enthusiastic audience who made their appreciation known by means of a standing ovation.

William Mackie – a professional opera singer who has sung with the Royal Opera and Welsh National Opera – sang a wide-ranging program that included German lieder by Strauss and Schubert, as well as Negro spirituals and a series of English sea songs.  There was also a theatrical excerpt taken from Mozart’s Don Giovanni; an opera that depicts the happenings of a promiscuous nobleman. The entire program was performed with great energy and emotion that filled the beautiful acoustic of St Mary’s Priory Church, the principal venue for classical events at Monmouth Festival.

The quality of the performance was outstanding and we are fortunate not only to have such musical talent performing at Monmouth Festival, but also living in our local community.

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