Free performance of the classics


Mezzo-soprano Linda Grace will perform a free lunchtime concert on June 14 at St Mary’s Church, Hailsham.

The 40-minute concert will feature music by Bach, Handel, Schubert, and Poulenc. Mrs Grace sang with Opera South East for seven years. Her last appearance in Hailsham was in 2005 at the pavilion.

She recently moved house to live in the Hailsham area, and plans to perform many more concerts in the town. She will sing again on September 12 and 13, as part of the Hailsham Arts Festival Week.

‘Schubert’s ‘Nachtstück’ (nocturne) is one of my personal favourites’, says Linda Grace.

‘It is one of the most beautiful songs ever written, but the singer cannot let herself get carried away by the music. The

feeling behind the words must always be conveyed, even though they are in German.’

Another favourite is ‘Können Tränen Meiner Wangen’ (if my tears cannot move thee) from the St Matthew Passion by Bach. One of Janet Baker’s most famous arias, this is a piece with all the dignity of the glorious aroque era.

This will be followed by the technically challenging aria ‘Furibondo Spira il Vento’ (furiously blows the wind) from Handel’s

opera ‘Partenope’. This is a piece with very fast runs - sometimes known as ‘coloratura’ - and needs a voice to match.