The Gardeners

The graves belong to the Dead, who once invaded the land in which they lie.

The Gardeners, a new chamber opera by composer Robert Hugill and librettist Joanna Wyld was premiered on Tuesday 18 June 2019, at Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL, conducted by William Vann.

'Quite a feat! ... It lingers in the memory' - Classical Source
'Hugill's music has a moving serenity and stillness' - Opera Today
'A beautiful piece, beautifully performed' - Seen and Heard International

Read the full reviews - Images from the premiere

The Gardeners will receive a second performance on Monday 9 September 2019, at The Garden Museum, Lambeth Palace Road, London, SE1 7LB

Tickets, price £25, include a glass of wine served in the Garden Museum’s lovely garden. Tickets available from Ticket Tailor:

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Many thanks to everyone who supported our Crowd Funding, and particularly to:
Supporters: Alison Cross, Patrick Hughes, Patrons: John Anderson, Mary Hughes




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The Gardeners - a new chamber opera

 
 

FifteenB Productions is pleased to announce the world premiere of The Gardeners, a new chamber opera by composer Robert Hugill and librettist Joanna Wyld.

The opera was premiered in concert on Tuesday18 June 2019, at Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL, conducted by William Vann.

The opera is set within a Commonwealth War Graves Commission cemetery, amongst the family which maintains the gardens in the cemetery, and it deals with issues of remembrance, tolerance, and brotherhood.

Music – Robert Hugill
Libretto – Joanna Wyld
With selected phrases adapted from A.E. Housman and Rabindranath Tagore

The Gardener – Julian Debreuil (bass-baritone)
The Old Gardener [The Gardener’s father] – Peter Brathwaite (baritone)
The Angry Young Man [The Gardener’s son] – Magid El-Bushra (counter tenor)
The Grandmother [The Gardener’s mother] - Flora McIntosh (mezzo-soprano)
The Mother [The Gardener’s wife] – Georgia Mae Bishop (mezzo-soprano)

The Dead (TTB chorus) - The ghosts of those buried in the Cemetery
(Andrew Henley, William Davies, Chris Lombard - tenor, Angus McPhee - bass-baritone, Jake Muffett - bass)

Instrumental ensemble:

Harp - Oliver Wass, Clarinet - Anthony Friend, Violin - Charlotte Amherst, Viola - Joanna Patrick, Cello - Sophie Haynes

Setting

A Commonwealth War Graves Commission cemetery in a war-torn country

World premiere - Tuesday 18 June 2019, Conway Hall.

Second performance - Monday 9 September 2019, the Garden Museum.

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