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Community News & Views | Opera singers help raise funds

A TRIO of recently retired opera singers brought their experience to help Bognor Regis Rotary Club raise funds.


The appearance of Glenys Groves – soprano, Michael Lessiter – bass baritone and Scilla Stewart – pianist and mezzo soprano, pictured below, entertained the rapt near capacity audience with a selection of songs from the shows.


Spring is Here, Ruddigore, Porgy & Bess, South Pacific and Brigadoon were among their repertoire. Numerous composers were also featured, such as Rodgers, Mozart, Sullivan, Novello and Gershwin.


A section devoted to the end of the First World War engaged the audience in a journey down memory lane. Some short, but amusing, songs included a more recent version of Maud, to gave the audience an opportunity to endulge themselves in a slice of slapstick comedy.


The outcome of the memorable night, held in the hall of the Regis School of Music in Sudley Road, Bognor Regis, last Saturday saw more than £700 raised for the Rotarians’ community work.


The artistes each have impressive careers. All were members of the Royal Opera House in London and have performed with the world’s leading opera singers.


Names that appear on their CVS include Dame Joan Sutherland, Pavarotti and Marilyn Horne.


They have toured with the D’Oyly Carte Opera Company, Dublin Grand Opera Company and Netherlands Opera.


Each of the singers introduced themselves and gave a descriptive and, sometimes, amusing resumes of the music they were singing.


Rotary club press officer Peter Stemp said: “There were the smiles on the faces of the audience as they left and comments like why more nights like this did not take place.”


The artistes and a trustee of the school of music, Sasha Levtov, waived their usual charges to support the Rotary club.

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