Some of the world’s leading operatic stars will share the stage with exciting new talent at Cadogan Hall on Sunday 17 September 2017, 6.00pm, in the Grenfell Tower Benefit Concert, a gala of opera, song and choral music presented by Petroc Trelawny.
The event includes:
Singers Alan Opie, Stuart Skelton, Christine Rice, Janis Kelly, Keel Watson, Ailish Tynan, Natalya Romaniw, Anna Huntley, Lee Bisset, Benedict Nelson, Gary Griffiths, Luis Gomes, Gweneth-Ann Rand, Maria Jagusz, Jake Arditti, Jack Swanson, Anna Patalong, Nazan Fikret, Francesca Chiejina, Martin Häßler and Louise Kemény
Conductors Edward Gardner, David Angus, Richard Hetherington, Douglas Boyd, Timothy Redmond and James Sherlock
Pianists Eugene Asti, Linnhe Robertson and Dylan Perez
The first half features solo songs by Schubert, Schumann, Strauss and Quilter, followed by the Super Orchestra accompanying Ailish Tynan and Christine Rice in the Evening Prayer from Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel, an extract from Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde sung by Stuart Skelton and Lee Bisset, the Quartet from Rigoletto, and the full company singing the Sanctus from Fauré’s Requiem.
Part two will begin with a performance of I’ll Sing by award-winning composer Rebecca Dale, and will carry on with Mozart’s Così fan tutte, Le nozze di Figaro and Die Zauberflöte, Puccini’s Tosca with Natalya Romaniw singing Vissi d’arte, and Keel Watson and Gweneth-Ann Rand in 'Bess, you is my woman now' from Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess. A selection of promising young singers will perform Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music.
To ensure that the funds raised by the Grenfell Tower Benefit Concert reach those that are in most need, the concert organisers and Cadogan Hall, in consultation with London Emergencies Trust, decided to distribute the funds equally between The Rugby Portobello Trust and Grief Encounter Project, which focus specifically on helping the affected families with rehabilitation and looking to the future.