The 3 British Tenors: Christmas vocal fireworks at The Royal Foundation of St Katharine
Tuesday 19th December 2017, 7.30pm
After their spectacular London relaunch in September, The 3 British Tenors present a sparkling programme of the best loved Christmas songs from around the world and your favourite operatic arias and songs from the shows in the beautiful chapel of the historic Royal Foundation of St Katharine.
Rossini’s Sì, Ritrovarla Io Giuro from his opera, Cinderella, Pourqui me Réveille from Massenet’s opera Werther and Verdi’s famous La Donna è Mobile provide vocal fireworks alongside those heart-warming Christmas songs such as O Holy Night, Winter Wonderland and Let it Snow.
An international Christmas is invoked with Strauss’ Winterweihe, Tu Scendi dalle Stelle from Italy and the wonderful Feliz Navidad from Spain.
And who can resist Christmas comedy classics with Sterndale Bennett’s The Carol Singers and Tom Lehrer’s A Christmas Carol?
The Royal Foundation of St Katharine offers an ‘extraordinary oasis minutes from the City’ and the gorgeous Chapel provides a magical venue for the concert.
Barry Clark, one of the original 3 British Tenors, says: “We wanted to create a moment for the audience to step back from the frantic days before Christmas and to relax and enjoy a magical evening with us.”
The Master of The Royal Foundation of St Katharine, Revd Mark Aitken, says: “We were proud to host the The 3 British Tenors’ relaunch concerts at St Katharine’s and are delighted to welcome them back for this wonderful Christmas concert.”
Tenor Barry Clark is the first voice we hear on the original cast recording of The Phantom of the Opera and has sung with D’Oyly Carte Opera, New Sadler’s Wells Opera and Scottish Opera throughout his career.
Barry would be delighted to accept interviews to discuss the relaunch and ambitions of The 3 British Tenors and why this Christmas concert is special to the Tenors.
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About The 3 British Tenors
The 3 British Tenors – Barry Clark, David Heathcote and Matthew Clark – have entertained audiences in concerts and private and corporate events for over 20 years in the UK, in Europe and the United States of America.
As you'd expect, the tenors regularly perform the great arias such as the world famous Nessun Dorma (which was sung by Pavarotti on the eve of the 1990s World Cup), the brilliant, La Donna e Mobile and wonderful arias by Rossini, Puccini, Verdi as well as the great Neapolitan songs such as O Sole Mio.
Throughout their performances, The 3 British Tenors sing as a trio to create magical moments from opera, music theatre and songs. Being British, the tenors like to lighten things up with humour and audiences love the stories they tell throughout the programme.
About The Royal Foundation of St Katharine
The Royal Foundation of St Katherine offers “an extraordinary oasis minutes from the City” through providing a conference and retreat centre in East London.
The Royal Foundation of St Katharine Chapel has a long history dating all the way back to 1147. It has been the constant religious element within a Foundation that has changed its raison d’etre many times, from being a monastic hospital, a Royal College and responsible for poor relief to its current function as a retreat and conference centre staying true to its core themes of Worship, Service & Hospitality.
Changing form and location throughout the centuries the newest chapel in its current location on Butcher Row was built in 1951 on the remains of the St James’ Ratcliff Church after the Second World War. East London is the Foundation’s spiritual home, having been originally established for the locals in the area before being moved to Regents Park to make room for St Katharine’s Docks.
22 November 2017
We are incredibly sad to hear of the loss of the great Russian baritone, Dmitri Hvorostovsky.
Our tenor, David Heathcote, said: "Maestro Hvorostovsky was an important influence in my early singing years. His wonderful sound and artistry were spellbinding for me. I remember fondly his performance of Mussorgsky's Songs and Dances of Death at The Proms in 1993 and many great evenings at The Royal Opera House."
Here is an excerpt from his obituary on the Classic FM website. Rest in peace, Dmitri:
"Born in Siberia on 16 October 1962, Hvorostovsky sang in a heavy metal before making his debut at the Krasnoyarsk Opera House, in Verdi’s Rigoletto. He went on to win First Prize at both the Russian Glinka Competition in 1987 and the Toulouse Singing Competition in 1988.
"Hvorostovsky came to international prominence in 1989 when he won the Cardiff Singer of the World competition, controversially beating local favorite Bryn Terfel in the final round. Hvorostovsky’s performance included Handel's ‘Ombra mai fu’ and an extrat from Verdi's Don Carlos. “I was sure I was going to win until I heard Bryn Terfel sing Wagner - then I was not so sure,” he said at the time.
"His operatic debut in the West was also in 1989 at the Nice Opera in The Queen of Spades (1989). He debuted at La Fenice, Venice, as Eugene Onegin, a success that sealed his reputation, and made his American operatic debut with the Lyric Opera of Chicago in La traviata in 1993.
"The baritone went on to sing at virtually every major opera house, including the Met, the Royal Opera House and La Scala Milan. He became especially renowned for his portrayal of Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin, a role which The New York Times said he was “born to play.” In recent years his stage repertoire consisted almost entirely of Verdi operas such as Un ballo in maschera, La traviata and Simon Boccanegra."