Opera by Ravel on 17 May

14 05 2015

Andrew Wilson Dickson will direct Opera Mint and guest soloists in a performance of L’enfant et les sortileges by Ravel this Sunday (17 May).

The performance will take place at Canton Uniting Church, Cowbridge Road East, Cardiff at 8.30pm.

Entrance is free but a collection will be taken in aid of charities supported by the church.

Love Stories for St Valentine’s Day

15 02 2015

On Saturday 14 February, Opera Mint gave a concert at Blackwood Miners’ Institute on the theme of ‘Love Stories’, with arias and choruses from well-known operas as well as other songs appropriate for St Valentine’s Day.

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We were joined by a guest soloist, Andrew Matthews, winner of the Blue Riband at the 2014 National Eisteddfod, who recently sang with Katherine Jenkins at the Wales Festival of Remembrance in St David’s Hall in Cardiff.

Ben Pinnow conducted and Sian Davies accompanied on the piano.

You can hear Part One of the concert here (click on the ‘play’ arrow):

Here’s Part Two:

Steve Burges

15 08 2013

Members of Opera Mint having been remembering the pianist Steve Burges, who died in July 2013. He worked with the company for many years, accompanying soloists and ensembles in concerts and opera performances. He also coached singers and taught piano. The photograph below captures his unassuming approach – he shunned the limelight but was a consummate musician.

Steve BBarbara Williams:
Steve was a gentle, talented and generous man and always encouraged without making a fuss. Will miss him.

Andrew Matthews:
Steve was a true gent. Professional in every way. Rehearsals were always very efficient. No fuss, no baggage, he just got on with it! I will miss him very much, together with his subtle yet lovely sense of humour.

Angela Lester:
Steve was my piano teacher for the last three years.  Knowing that I could be a bit nervous playing in his presence, he always pretended to read in his diary to make me feel more at ease. It just made me laugh though, which never failed to do the trick. He was extremely reliable and even phoned to tell me when he was two minutes late. Two minutes which then had to be added to the normal time, if I wanted it or not. A bit scared of him at first, I grew to like him a lot. He had a great sense of humour, and as a true gentleman always insisted on picking up my post before he left.

James Stewart:
Steve was generous with his musical knowledge and understanding – and his time. I learned a lot from him.

Gabrielle Kirov:
My impression of Steve was of a man who was patient, kind, musically-gifted and with an understated but cheeky sense of humour. Actually, in a very quiet way, he connected to the music and to all of us who were making music with him.


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