Worcestershire about to hit a high note

Worcestershire now has a new opera company. Great Witley Operatic Society has changed its name to ‘Opera Worcester’ and is looking to bring live opera back to Worcester and the surrounding area. The former Great Witley Operatic Society – now ‘Opera Worcester’- decided to introduce more opera into its repertoire in 2016 by tackling Carmen. The production attracted new singers from around the region and excellent reviews, so this year, the company decided to stage another opera favourite, ‘The Magic Flute’ giving a young budding professional the chance […]

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AUGUST NEWSLETTER 2017

Dear Friends and Members, It is the Society’s custom that the Chairman send out a letter in August in order to keep members up-to-date with ongoing events and developments and to call everyone to the Annual General Meeting. This year’s Annual General Meeting will take place at St Mark’s Church Hall at 8pm on Monday 11 September. All members should attend as it will be an opportunity to elect a new Committee and to air any issues that need to be raised.  Members wishing to raise points should […]

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Change of Name

Monday 19th June 2017 Dear Members and friends Following our EGM this evening, I wanted to let you know the outcome of this extremely important proposal. That being, changing the name of the Society from ‘Great Witley Operatic Society’, to ‘Worcester Opera’. It was a very lively meeting and everyone had an opportunity to speak and either air their support or indeed grievances. Other suggestions were indeed offered and listened to with great interest. It was extremely democratic and chaired most admirably by our President, Mr. Paul Thompson. […]

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NODA award for the Best Deluxe Programme

GWOS are delighted to announce they won the NODA award for the Best Deluxe Programme award for the ‘ Carmen’ programme for last year’s production. Many thanks to all those involved in the programme and special thanks go  Patricia Head for coordinating the whole task.  

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Worthy charity benefits from society’s generosity

Great Witley Operatic Society recently performed The Magic Flute at the swan theatre Worcester. It was a huge success as was the raffle. All proceeds of the raffle this year were given to CLIC Sargent. Children with Cancer charity. Musical Director Sue Black was delighted to present the cheque to CLIC Sargent representative Jennifer Glossop. GWOS will also be performing once more in their summer concert featuring the music of Noel Coward, Cole Porter and Gershwin followed by their highly acclaimed Afternoon Tea at St George’s Church, Barbourne, […]

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The Magic Flute Letter

Last night I went to see ‘ The Magic Flute ‘ . Well, what a night! Wonderful staging, wonderful lighting, wonderful costumes, wonderful music, wonderful acting and wonderful voices! I heard every word both spoken and sang and enjoyed every moment so much. Thank you so much, I’m looking forward to ‘ The Marriage of Figaro ‘ next year. Best wishes, sincerely, Elizabeth Taylor. Worcester

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The Magic Flute Review – Bruce Wyatt (NODA)

Mozart’s final opera before he died in 1791 and possibly one of his most challenging, is a tale of love and of good versus evil.The opera contains some of his most beautiful music and this was evident from the first bars of music played by an efficient orchestra under the tight control of MD Sue Black. It is claimed that the setting and time for this story could be anywhere and anytime and Director Andrew Rawle takes full advantage of that in some re-written dialogue and innovative direction […]

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Opening Night – The Magic Flute

A production that emphasises The Magic Flute’s fun elements The Magic Flute is essentially comic, and this wonderful Andrew Rawle-directed production has a remarkable knack at emphasising the comic elements in this piece. Moments in the storyline that almost cry out for audience interaction appear in Tamino’s character when he says: “Was that for real?” and “I will go to Pamina’s rescue”. This understandably had the audience in giggles, and it is a safe bet that the audience probably had to bite their tongues to stop themselves shouting […]

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Christmas Concert

Dear Caroline, Chris, Peter & Helen, Thank you all so much for an incredible performance on Friday night. The evening was a sell out and the feedback from our supporters was that they really enjoyed the evening. It was great to hold the event at St Peter’s Baptist Church again this year, so thank you Helen for your continued support. Please pass on my sincere thanks to Christine of her help with the refreshments. The evening raised in excess of £1600 for St Richard’s Hospice, helping us continue […]

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