St Matthew's Choir and
St Matthew's Orchestra
Invite you to
Come and Sing Purcell's Dido and Aeneas
On Saturday, 18th, and Sunday, 19th November
NEW: as the work is relatively unfamiliar, we will also be offering two optional reading sessions before the weekend workshop, to help you familiarise yourselves with the music.
Dido and Aeneas (Z. 626) is an opera in a prologue and three acts, written by the English Baroque composer Henry Purcell with a libretto by Nahum Tate. The dates of the composition and first performance of the opera are uncertain. It was composed no later than July 1688, and had been performed at Josias Priest's girls' school in London by the end of 1689. Some scholars argue for a date of composition as early as 1683. The story is based on Book IV of Virgil's Aeneid. It recounts the love of Dido, Queen of Carthage, for the Trojan hero Aeneas, and her despair when he abandons her. A monumental work in Baroque opera, Dido and Aeneas is remembered as one of Purcell's foremost theatrical works. It was also Purcell's only true opera, as well as his only all-sung dramatic work. One of the earliest known English operas, it owes much to John Blow's Venus and Adonis, both in structure and in overall effect. The influence of Cavalli's opera Didone is also apparent.
St. Matthew’s is a thriving suburban parish in Chapel Allerton, boasting one of the finest acoustics in North Leeds. St Matthew’s Choir are no strangers to organising come and sing events, both large and small, offering enthusiastic amateurs the opportunity to sing under the inspirational leadership of their Director of Music, Aljoša Josh Škorja.
Aljoša Josh Škorja is a Slovene musicologist and conductor. He studied musicology and church music in Ljubljana, and conducting at the Royal Northern College of Music. He has conducted orchestras and choirs in the UK and Slovenia, working with Manchester Camerata, London Classical Soloists, the RTV Slovenia Orchestra and the Slovene Philharmonic. He is the Music Director of the Halifax Chamber Choir and York Cantores.
St Matthew’s Orchestra is a new and exciting per-service orchestra, based in Chapel Allerton, Leeds. Growing from an ad-hoc group of players, it was established to help young musicians make the transition from being full-time music education to entering the competitive professional music market.
The Orchestra and Choir will be joined by some of the most talented young singers from Leeds and Hull Univeristies and further afield, singing the title roles of Dido and Aeneas, Belinda, the witches, Sorceress, Spirit and sailors.
St Matthew’s Church, Wood Lane, Chapel Allerton, Leeds, LS7 3QF.
There is plenty of on and off-street parking (the church’s main car park is behind the meeting room), and easily accessible by public transport (on Harrogate Road: 2, 3, 3A and 48; on Scott Hall Road: 7A and 7S).
Weekend workshop: £20 (£5 students)
Optional readings sessions £2 per session
Monday 6th November
7.30pm — 9pm Optional Reading Session 1
Monday 13th November
7.30pm — 9pm Optional Reading Session 2
Saturday 18th November
10.30am Choir Rehearsal
1pm Bring and Share Lunch
2pm Choir Rehearsal
Sunday 19th November
3.30pm Choir, Orchestra and Soli Rehearsal
Please help us advertise the concert as widely as possible!
Tickets available on-the-door, £8, £5 (over 65s), £1 (under 18s, full-time students and unwaged)
Tea and coffee will be available throughout the event. We suggest you bring a bring and share lunch on Saturday and a light refreshment on Sunday. There are plenty of cafés and restaurants within a 10mins walk in the centre of Chapel Allerton.
You can borrow a vocal score against a £5 deposit at either of the two reading sessions or at registration. If you would like to use your own score, we will be using the OUP edition (edited by Edward Dent and Ellen Harris).
Appropriate attire in black or black and white, with optional details in red. Men may choose to wear jackets but no ties. No folders required.
To apply please fill out the form below.
Applications will be acknowledged by email, once they have been processed.