2019 Season Introduction

Performances
24, 25, 26 July 2019
Concert starts 8.30pm.
Dress code is informal as for a summer garden party.

Renowned Baroque and Classical chamber orchestra, The English Concert, makes its Garsington debut for three concert performances of Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610. This atmospheric choral masterpiece was the composer’s first sacred work and one of the most ambitious and extensive to be composed before Bach. Written three years before becoming maestro di cappella at St Mark’s in Venice, its brilliant display of style, rich choruses and moving arias showcase Monteverdi’s genius as the ‘Father of opera’. Laurence Cummings (L’Olimpiade, 2012) returns to conduct with a stunning cast of principal singers and the Garsington Opera Chorus.

This special project marks the end of our 30th Anniversary Season with an opportunity to enjoy the delights on offer on the Wormsley Estate, including an afternoon cricket match, tours of the Walled Garden, and Green Theatre recitals showcasing our Young Artists. Premium tickets include the front rows of the Front Stalls, a visit to the Getty Library (on a timed ticket basis) and a reception with the artistic team. Tea will be available overlooking the cricket ground, and dinner can be booked in the restaurant prior to the concert.
 

Event Timings

Wednesday 24 July
Estate opens
from 10.30am
Cricket 11am - 6.30pm
Sir Paul Getty XI v UK Armed Forces Cricket Association XI
Lunch and afternoon tea available, please pre-book with Feasts
Opera site and Walled Garden open from 3pm
Green Theatre Recitals by our Alvarez Young Artists
in the Walled Garden 4.15pm & 5.30pm (approx. 20 minutes each)
Dinner & picnics 6.40pm - 8pm (pre-book with Feasts or bring a picnic)
Concert 8.30pm - 10pm

Thursday 25 July
Estate opens from 2.30pm
Cricket 3pm - 6pm
Sir Paul Getty Women's XI v Fairbreak International XI
Afternoon tea available
Walled Garden open from 3pm
Masterclass by Ann Murray in Home Farm Barn 3.45pm
Green Theatre Recital by our Alvarez Young Artists
in the Walled Garden 5.30pm (approx. 20 minutes each)
Dinner & picnics 6.40pm - 8pm (pre-book with Feasts or bring a picnic)
Concert 8.30pm - 10pm

Friday 26 July
Estate opens from 2.30pm
Cricket 3pm - 6pm
Garsington Opera XI v Royal Opera House XI
Afternoon tea available
Walled Garden open from 3pm
Green Theatre Recitals by our Alvarez Young Artists
in the Walled Garden 4.15 & 5.30pm (approx. 20 minutes each)
Dinner & picnics 6.40pm - 8pm (pre-book with Feasts or bring a picnic)
Concert 8.30pm - 10pm

 

Soprano
Mary Bevan
Soprano
Sophie Bevan
Tenor
Benjamin Hulett
Tenor
Robert Murray
Tenor
James Way
Conductor
Laurence Cummings
Concert Staging
PJ Harris
The English Concert
English Cornett & Sackbut Ensemble
Garsington Opera Chorus
July 2019
Wednesday 24 July
Thursday 25 July
Friday 26 July