Opera Prelude 'Oh to be in England' Recital at Leith Hill Place

On Saturday, 22 July, join us for an evening performance entitled 'Oh to be in England' at Leith Hill Place performed by Opera Prelude.

'Oh to Be in England' is a celebration of English Song, exploring the wealth of songs inspired by our home country. This delightful evening of music captures the English spirit, its voice and its melodies, against the backdrop of Leith Hill Place, nestled in the Surrey Hills.

British Soprano Callie Gaston completed her Masters degree at Guildhall School of Music and Drama, having received a First Class Honours degree in Music and Drama from Royal Holloway. She is the proud recipient of the 2015 Opera Prelude Song Prize and winner of the Una Clarke Young Artist Award.

Also performing is Alex Haigh, who has been an avid fan of Opera since the age of twelve. After completing both Undergraduate and Masters degrees, he worked with ENO on their Opera works course and started working as a Tenor in 2012. Alex currently sings with the Philharmonia chorus on their professionals scheme, is a regular singer at St. Paul’s cathedral, is involved with the Barbershopogram quartet and also one fifth of the acapella quintet Apollo5.

Opera Prelude is a small charity that supports young professional singers at the start of their career, bringing friendly and inclusive performances of opera into the community. Opera Prelude supports 35 rising stars, with the all-round skills to succeed in a highly competitive industry, by providing experience, fairly-paid performance opportunities, mini grants and bursaries.

Opera Prelude's events ensure the future of opera appreciation and offer the chance for active engagement with the finest young performers, chosen for the strength of their communication skills, intellectual curiosity and talent as emerging artists. The majority of these young artists go on to successful careers, finding agents, winning prizes and competitions and performing with major opera companies both in the UK and Europe.

'Oh to be in England' will be performed in The Terrace Room at Leith Hill Place, childhood home of the great composer, Ralph Vaughan Williams. This intimate evening, surrounded by the beauty of the Surrey Hills will be an enchanting performance.

The evening will begin at 6pm and finish at 8pm. Please park in the Rhododendron Wood car park and walk through the field (approximately 400m) to the house. Stout shoes and a torch are recommended. There will be somewhere to change into other shoes if needed.

We do have two disabled parking spaces at the house. Please call if you would like to reserve a space. As an alternative, drivers may drop people off at the house and then repark the car in the Rhododendron Wood car park. The recital is on the ground floor of the house.

Tickets for this event cost £20. To book tickets please call 0344 249 1895.