The 20th & 21st Century Cello
Nov
22
7:30 PM19:30

The 20th & 21st Century Cello

Rising star cellist Patrick Johnson and pianist-composer Louis Mander will be returning to the Autumn Concert Series at St. Peter’s Belsize Park on Saint Cecilia’s Day, 22nd November 2019 to perform new and neglected works of the cello and piano repertoire composed during the 20th and 21st Centuries.

The programme will include the world premiere of Louis Mander’s Cello Sonata and Francis Poulenc’s urbane and dark sonata.

Tickets £10 available on the door or to reserve call 020 7586 6522

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A Rondel of Gloucestershire World Premiere
Apr
25
7:30 PM19:30

A Rondel of Gloucestershire World Premiere

Baritone Roderick Williams will premiere Louis Mander’s song cycle A Rondel of Gloucestershire accompanied by pianist Iain Burnside at the 75th Painswick Music Society on April 25th 2020. Programme includes music by Butterworth, Gurney, CW Orr, Ian Venables and Louis Mander

Tickets available from December 2019

https://painswickmusicsoc.co.uk/tickets/

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The Dowager's Oyster starring Dr Evadne Hinge
Sep
23
to Sep 26

The Dowager's Oyster starring Dr Evadne Hinge

BRITISH COMEDY LEGEND DR EVADNE HINGE COMES OUT OF RETIREMENT TO HELP CELEBRATE OUR 75TH ANNIVERSARY

A legend of British comedy is to come out of retirement in France to appear in a musical romp at Cheltenham Playhouse next year as part of its 75th anniversary celebrations. The Dowager's Oyster is described as a light opera that captures the comic book charades of a 1920s murder mystery farce and at its heart is the return to the stage of Dr Evadne Hinge, one half of the enormously popular double act Hinge and Bracket which entertained audiences with their songs and 'theatrical memories' for 30 years.

The pair were the hit of the 1974 Edinburgh Festival and soon found themselves performing in the West End to enormous acclaim and success. Frequent tours of the UK and abroad followed, plus a 10-year stint on Radio 4, their own BBC2 series in the early 1980s, televised broadcasts of their concerts and two Royal Variety Performances.

The celebrated duo's hugely successful career ended in 2002 with the death of Dame Hilda Bracket's creator, Patrick Fyffe. Dr Hinge (George Logan) went into retirement and relocated to France where he and his partner opened a bed and breakfast business and all attempts to lure Dr Hinge back to the stage had been politely but steadfastly resisted.

Enter young composer Louis Mander, whose works include collaborations with Stephen Fry. He had co-written a comedy operetta entitled The Dowager's Oyster and had geared the title role around Dr Hinge's talents. 

"Musically, the show has a roaring 1920s dance band score that nods to Gilbert and Sullivan with a twist of Kurt Weill", explains Louis. "As Hinge and Bracket made G&S very much a central part of their repertoire, the idea that the occasionally imposing pianist Dr Hinge could essay the role of the imperious Dowager just seemed a perfect fit. The question was whether we could persuade her to return to the boards after so many years."

Thinking 'nothing ventured, nothing gained' he dropped an email to George Logan in the hope he could intercede on his behalf with the good doctor.

"I was somewhat surprised to receive the suggestion of taking on the title role in a new piece of theatre written with me in mind, but my curiosity was piqued," says Evadne. "I discovered that Louis had a string of highly regarded works to his credit so I asked to see the score and the script and was delighted to discover the music was direct and melodious. I felt the dialogue needed a few revisions to bring it more in line with my own individual personality and happily Louis and his librettist, Jack Cherry, were agreeable. So I said 'yes'!"

George agreed to perform the role in London in November 2016 and he so enjoyed the experience he said he would be very much open to the possibility of making one more outing as his alter ego at a later date. Shortly after the London premiere, Louis Mander moved to Cheltenham where the Playhouse hosted another of his works and he realised that the intimate theatre would be an ideal venue for The Dowager's Oyster. 

"I was always a great fan of Hinge and Bracket myself," says theatre manager Paul Scott, "so when Louis mentioned the show I was very keen to see if we could make it happen here for our 75th anniversary year. George fondly remembers appearing at the Ladies College and Everyman in the 1980s and 1990s and said he'd love to revisit both the town and the role and we're very much looking forward to seeing both him and Dr Hinge here next September."

In fact, so keen is George on the show, he's taking Louis's original four-piece orchestration and re-working it for an eight-piece 1920s 'Great Gatsby' style jazz band for this special anniversary production.

The theatre has recruited one of the county's most recognised theatre practitioners, former associate director of the Everyman, Sheila Mander, to direct the production and there will be just four performances from Wednesday 23 – Saturday 26 September 2020 with tickets going on sale in the new year.

For more information, please contact: Paul Scott, theatre manager on paul.scott@cheltplayhouse.org.uk



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The Art of Transcription
May
10
7:30 PM19:30

The Art of Transcription

The Art of Transcription will showcase myriad works arranged for Cello & Piano in a recital of two halves on Friday 10th May at 7.30pm, performed by rising cellist Patrick Johnson & composer-pianist Louis Mander at Beaudesert Park School Performing Arts Centre, Minchinhampton, Stroud.

The first half will include works in arrangement, by J.C Bach, Mozart, Mendelssohn, Schumann & Dvorak. The second half will be a foray into the works composed throughout the eras for solo cello, including works by J.S. Bach and Cassado.

Tickets available from Beaduesert Park School 01453 832072

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Yuletide Schubertiade Recital
Dec
8
7:30 PM19:30

Yuletide Schubertiade Recital

Join Baritone David Jones and Composer-Pianist Louis Mander in this delightful Yule inspired Schubertiade at Vinnie’s Eatery on Saturday 8th December at 7.30pm.

A prizewinner in the 2015 AESS Patricia Routledge English Song Competition, David Jones is equally at home in song, oratorio and opera. He has a particular interest in new music, and has given premieres of works by Nick Bicât, Stephen Deazley, Louis Mander and Josh Spear. 

This intimate recital will include favourite Schubert lieder, parlour songs and some gems of the Art Song repertoire across the nations. Mulled wine and sweet treats will be on sale to complete the Yuletide ambience.

Tickets £8 available on the door or email info@vinnieseatery.uk Reservation preferred

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Songs of War & Remembrance at Chapel Arts
Nov
23
6:00 PM18:00

Songs of War & Remembrance at Chapel Arts

In commemoration of the centenary year 1918, the end of the Great War, baritone Rodney Clarke will perform with composer-pianist Louis Mander music of wartime composers, Ralph Vaughan Williams, George Butterworth, Ivor Gurney and a new song cycle by Louis Mander.

This is by special arrangement with Chapel Arts, an exquisite art gallery and recital venue in the heart of Cheltenham Spa

Tickets £10 available info@thechapelarts.com

Programme to include:

Selections from A Shropshire Lad by Butterworth, Songs of Travel by Vaughan Williams, songs by Ivor Gurney & a new song cycle Four Songs of Experience by Louis Mander

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Songs of War and Remembrance
Nov
9
7:30 PM19:30

Songs of War and Remembrance

In commemoration of the centenary year 1918, the end of the Great War, baritone Rodney Clarke will perform with composer-pianist Louis Mander music of wartime composers, Ralph Vaughan Williams, George Butterworth, Ivor Gurney and a new song cycle by Louis Mander.

This is by special arrangement with St Peter's Church, Belsize Park, as part of their Autumn at St Peter's festival 2018.

Tickets £12 available through www.spbp.org.uk 

Programme to include:

Selections from A Shropshire Lad by Butterworth, Songs of Travel by Vaughan Williams, songs by Ivor Gurney & a new song cycle Four Songs of Experience by Louis Mander

 

 

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A recital of English Song
Jun
7
7:30 PM19:30

A recital of English Song

Commemorating the anniversary of the end of the First World War, Pianist Composer Louis Mander & Baritone David Jones present an attractive recital of English Song from Vaughan Williams, Butterworth and Mander himself at Vinnie's Eatery, Cheltenham.

Tickets £6 available online soon. For further information http://davidjonesbaritone.com

Vinnie's Eatery, 

3 Crescent Terrace, Cheltenham, GL50 3PE

The restaurant will be open from 6pm before the recital

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The Life to Come, Oslo Opera House
Oct
5
6:00 PM18:00

The Life to Come, Oslo Opera House

The Life to Come

An Opera in Two Acts 

After the short story by celebrated British Novelist EM Forster

Libretto by Stephen Fry

Music by Louis Mander

 The opera tells the passionate love story between two men across different cultures. It addresses spiritual and religious conflicts amidst the tension between prejudices and freedom in Colonial Africa in the early 20th Century.

 

Music: Louis Mander
Libretto: Stephen Fry
Conductor: Tone Bianca Sparre-Dahl
Director: Einar Bjørge
Design: Hans Petter Harboe
Costume: Line Maher

with Schola Cantorum og musikere fra Norges

 

Oslo Opera House, Scene 2

1 Kirsten Flagstads Plass, Oslo,  0150, Norway

 

Tickets available online

http://operaen.no/en/Performances/oslo-operafestival-life-to-come/#sectionIntro

 

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The Life to Come
Sep
28
to Sep 29

The Life to Come

Surrey Opera premieres The Life to Come, an Opera in Two Acts. 

Music by Louis Mander & Libretto by Stephen Fry.

 

The long awaited world premiere of the opera based on a short story by celebrated British novelist and essayist EM Forster.

Libretto by actor and writer Stephen Fry.

Music composed by Louis Mander

A Surrey Opera Production

Conductor Jonathan Butcher

 

A story of fated love between an African Prince and a zealous British Missionary set amongst the backdrop of colonial Africa.

 

Thursday 28th, Friday 29th September 2017 7.30pm The Harlequin Theatre, Redhill, Surrey

 

Tickets Available soon!

 

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The Fallen Soldier Tour
Jul
12
7:30 PM19:30

The Fallen Soldier Tour

Belsize Opera performs a new epistolary chamber opera by Louis Mander at

THE CHELTENHAM PLAYHOUSE

Set in a Belgian trench during the Great War, two British soldiers tell their story of love, loss and conflict on the front line.

Mander's lyrical score evokes all of the painful reality and bittersweet comradery of two young men in 1917. As a commemorative production marking 100 years since the Great War, Jack Cherry's production captures the stark truth of trench warfare.

The Cheltenham Playhouse, 47-53 Bath Rd, Cheltenham, GL53 7HG

Wednesday 12th July 2017

7.30pm

Music Composed by Louis Mander

Book by the composer & Text by Ivor Gurney

Produced and Directed by Jack Cherry

Tickets £12 available Box Office 01242 522852

Or online www.cheltenhamplayhouse.org.uk

Copyright Belsize Opera 2017

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The Fallen Soldier
Jun
23
to Jun 24

The Fallen Soldier

Belsize Opera premieres a new epistolary chamber opera by Louis Mander

 

Set in a Belgian trench during the Great War, two British soldiers tell their story of love, loss and conflict on the front line.

Mander's lyrical score evokes all of the painful reality and bittersweet comradery of two young men in 1917. As a commemorative production marking 100 years since the Great War, Jack Cherry's production captures the stark truth of trench warfare.

St Peter's Church, Belsize Square, London NW3 4HJ

Friday June 23rd 7.30pm, Saturday June 24th 7.30pm

Music Composed by Louis Mander

Book by the composer & Text by Ivor Gurney

Produced and Directed by Jack Cherry

All tickets £12

Copyright Belsize Opera 2017

 

 

 

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The Dowager's Oyster
Nov
22
to Nov 26

The Dowager's Oyster

  • The So and So Arts Club Theatre (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Who remembers Hinge and Bracket?

Well I'm thrilled to announce that I have persuaded the great Dr. Evadne Hinge herself to make her operatic comeback this November when she will be starring in the role of the Dowager in my latest stage work; The Dowager's Oyster.

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If Music be the food of love
Oct
8
7:30 PM19:30

If Music be the food of love

  • St. Peter's Church, Belsize Square NW3 4HJ (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

A celebration of the work of William Shakespeare and Henry Purcell, the two great bards.

In collaboration with Belsize Opera, Belsize Baroque and a company of actors as part of St Peter's Autumn festival of the arts, conducted by Louis Mander.

St. Peter's Church's, Belsize Square, Belsize Park

Tickets £12 available at the door

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Beowulf
Aug
28
to Aug 29

Beowulf

The premiere of this new three act community opera Beowulf will be performed by Opera at Chilmark (operaatchilmark.weebly.com) in collaboration with Cantata Dramatica (www.cantatadramatica.com) during the August Bank Holiday 2016.

Cantata Dramatica’s latest commission for 2015-16 is Beowulf, composed by Louis Mander with libretto by Nick Pitts-Tucker.  Nick Pitts-Tucker writes:

"The story of Beowulf is the Anglo Saxon version of the heroic deeds of a Swedish warrior who made his name in Denmark, fighting awesome trolls, and then, in old and distinguished age, rolling out for one last fight with a fire breathing Dragon.

Louis Mander first suggested the poem to me as a suitable subject for a dramatic cantata.  My wife did Anglo Saxon at Cambridge and jumped at the chance to have "Beowulf" set to music so I set to, reading several translations simultaneously, and then making a verse précis of the story.  I also introduced some extra female parts to balance the rather muscular content of the original."

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The Dowager's Oyster - Grimeborn Festival
Aug
26
to Aug 27

The Dowager's Oyster - Grimeborn Festival

THE DOWAGER'S OYSTER

A new operetta after a short story by the composer

Premiering at the Grimeborn Festival 2016

The Arcola Theatre

WORDS JACK CHERRY

MUSIC LOUIS MANDER

 

SYNOPSIS

England/France/Morocco. 1924

 

Cynthia and her aged mother Lady Tindale (the Dowager) are about to embark on a summer holiday to the French island of Oleron. Freddy, Cynthia's fiancé cannot join them as he will be summering in Morocco, (unbeknownst only to her) with his gay lover Christopher. On their journey (accompanied by her recalcitrant handmaiden Genevieve) by ferry to France, the Dowager and Cynthia happen to bump into two old friends, Marta and Karl Grinzig, who are the cause for much gossip and speculation. The universally despised Dowager comes to a sticky end at lunch and the holidaymakers are all considered suspects in the eyes of the pompous and astute Dr. Gibaud, whose services are called upon to solve the murder. Farce, intrigue and suspects abound...But whodunnit?

 

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Cantata Eliensis
Jun
26
6:30 PM18:30

Cantata Eliensis

A performance of Cantata Eliensis in the Lady Chapel of Ely Cathedral on Sunday 26 June 2016 at 6.30pm as part of a weekend of festivities in honour of St Etheldreda.

The Cantata Eliensis tells the story of the founding and building of the great cathedral at Ely over a period of four centuries or more.

The libretto, by Nick Pitts-Tucker, is derived from original material as much as possible, with the chief source being the Liber Eliensis, a contemporary account written by the monks at Ely Abbey no later than 1172 AD.  Other sources are Bede's History of the English Church and secondary sources from each period.

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The Dowager's Oyster (Workshop)
May
2
8:30 PM20:30

The Dowager's Oyster (Workshop)

THE DOWAGER'S OYSTER

A new operetta after a short story by the composer

 

WORDS JACK CHERRY

MUSIC LOUIS MANDER

 

CAST

 

THE DOWAGER FRANCES McCAFFERTY

CYNTHIA STEPHANIE EDWARDS

GENEVIEVE CAROLINE KENNEDY

MARTA CLAIRE BARNETT-JONES

KARL CASPAR JAMES

FREDDY AIDAN COBURN

CHRISTOPHER GUY ELLIOTT

DR. GIBAUD DAVID JONES

 

 

MUSICAL DIRECTOR LOUIS MANDER

REPETITEUR NICOLE JOHNSON

 

SYNOPSIS

England/France/Morocco. 1924

 

Cynthia and her aged mother Lady Tindale (the Dowager) are about to embark on a summer holiday to the French island of Oleron. Freddy, Cynthia's fiancé cannot join them as he will be summering in Morocco, (unbeknownst only to her) with his gay lover Christopher. On their journey (accompanied by her recalcitrant handmaiden Genevieve) by ferry to France, the Dowager and Cynthia happen to bump into two old friends, Marta and Karl Grinzig, who are the cause for much gossip and speculation. The universally despised Dowager comes to a sticky end at lunch and the holidaymakers are all considered suspects in the eyes of the pompous and astute Dr. Gibaud, whose services are called upon to solve the murder. Farce, intrigue and suspects abound...But whodunnit?

 

Our kind thanks to Jules and Cheryl Burns and for their generosity and use of their beautiful music room which hosts this workshop.

 

Please contact mander.louis@googlemail.com if you would be able to sponsor the full production at the Grimeborn festival at the Arcola Theatre this summer. 

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