A hugely successful concert billed ‘A Night at the Theatre’ was held recently in the Priory. Headlined by professional soprano Elizabeth Frankland and interspersed by the voices of Belle Canto, it was attended by a packed audience including our resident bat. Elizabeth’s petite stature belied her soaring voice and her opener , ‘I Could Have Danced All Night’, was a superb choice to settle the audience into a magical tour of musicals and opera. A magnificent grand piano was generously put in place and sponsored by Yorkshire Pianos.
Anthea Shepherdson- Peel, our professional accompanist for the evening, squeezed us into her busy schedule between teaching, accompanying and adjudicating around the world. She had just returned from New Zealand earlier in the week.
One of the evening’s many highlights was Elizabeth’s and Sarah Penrose’s Barcarolle from the Tales of Hoffman accompanied by Stephanie Highett. All in all, with songs from Fiddler on the Roof to Les Miserables and La Boheme to Carmen, it was an uplifting musical evening. The Priory, dressed for the occasion by the flower team, could not have looked more beautiful. The quality of the interval wine, generously sponsored, was much appreciated.
Thanks to our performers, sponsors, those who worked tirelessly behind the scenes to put on this event and especially to Elizabeth Frankland, helping us to raise a substantial sum for our Priory Heritage Fund.