Chairmans Report 23 May 2011
This was a year that started disappointingly and ended in triumph!
Having spent several weeks rehearsing our Novello/Lehar production planned for the Autumn at the Auden, key members felt the show was not viable, so it had to be cancelled.
At this moment the future of the society was in doubt considering there were now only two male performers left.
Stephen Miles had offered the society his services after seeing the dress rehearsal of Dido and Aeneas and much to our relief accepted the task of producing Suor Angelica.
He also agreed to run a master class at The Wells Granary Theatre in November. Members were invited to perform their party pieces and about 10 took part. Stephen cleverly joined the pieces together to create a “show”. He proved to be most inspiring to work with and the afternoon was a much needed boost to morale.
A few days earlier I had contacted the secretary of Fakenham Choral Society as they had been auditioning for a musical director. She gave me the web site address of one of their auditionees, Susie Self.
I looked at the web site with a sinking heart, would an international opera singer, a Professor of Singing and a composer of symphonies and operas really want to be involved with an amateur society on its knees.
Susie went to the master class; saw and heard what there was to work with and the rest is history…..
Although our year has turned out to be enjoyable and successful, a small amateur operatic society like ours will I fear always face financial and casting problems. It will require determination and courage to risk performing the operas that the society was created to perform.
21 years ago Janet Bryant Heron with a couple of friends founded this company and it is mainly through her efforts and wisdom that we are still going today. As a small gesture of thanks Janet has been given the honorary title of Society President.