Langley Estate concert series to kick off with performance by Merlyn Quiafe in February | Bendigo Advertiser

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An intimate opera performance will kick off Langley Estate’s new concert series in February. Bendigo soprano Merlyn Quaife will join Langley estate owner Thomas Heywood for a performance in the estate’s chapel. The performance will take place on February 27 at 3 p.m. in front of a crowd of approximately 100 people. Read more: Heat moves Kennington Primary School’s pop-up vaccination center to CBD ‘Merlyn chose the repertoire which includes a concert aria by Mozart, La Boheme and Tosca by Puccini and the Schubert,’ says Mr Heywood. “It’s a rare opportunity to hear an operatic soloist of Merlyn Quaife’s caliber in an intimate setting. “One thing we really noticed with the chapel is that, although it is a former building from 1873, it has a very rich and warm sound. “So that immediate connection and feeling that everyone is part of an event where you can hear and feel everything will create a real atmosphere in the room.” Mr Heywood and his wife Simone took over Langley Estate in 2020 with a view to developing it into a performance venue and eventually a music academy. “We are initially planning seven concerts during the year,” Mr. Heywood said. “It may well end up being more, but we will expand next year.” “It’s all about the audience. They came and love it. It’s something unique for them. performance they will remember for the rest of their lives. “We want to build a really varied series with opera, jazz, guitar duets, Bach on cello and Beethoven sonatas. We want a really flexible series.” Read more: Castlemaine and Gisborne SES crews kept busy during thunderstorms Mr Heywood said he had known Ms Quaife for several years which is why he asked her to perform at the first gig of the series . “She’s a wonderful person and singer,” he said. “She’s performed so much overseas and has come back to Melbourne. “She’s an inherently musical performer and a joyful person, which shines through in her performances. She chose the program and I accompany her on the piano. “Having her live here in Bendigo is wonderful. What we wanted to do with the show was include artists based in Bendigo as well as bring in other people. “We want to include this local talent who grew up here or chose to stay. The Heywoods have already seen the chapel as a place for music when they hosted an Ulumbara Foundation fundraiser with husband and wife duo Slava and Sharon Grigoryan performing classical guitar and cello pieces in the space. Visit the Langley Estate Bendigo Facebook page for more details.Our reporters work hard to provide local, up-to-date news to the community.Here’s how you can access our trusted content:


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