Husband and wife musical duo return for Welwyn Garden City concert

Helen Shabetai, left, with Suzanna and Richard Perry

Helen Shabetai, left, with Suzanna and Richard Perry

Friends Music

Music for flute and voices through the centuries can be heard at a concert in Welwyn Garden City this weekend.

Music for flute and voices through the centuries can be heard at a concert in WGC this weekend.

For November, Friends Music welcomes the return of Suzanna and Richard Perry – husband and wife partners in life, stage and song.

Regular audience members at The Quaker Meeting House will remember with pleasure their previous concerts, as well as appreciating their performances as part of last month’s Felici concert.

They will be joined by Tewin flautist Ian Bradford, making his first appearance at the QMH.

As with Suzie and Richard’s previous appearances, the piano accompanist on Sunday night will be Helen Shabetai.

As well as being Friends Music’s treasurer, Helen must count as their most frequent performer over the years, so her wonderful accompaniment will also be well known to regular audiences.

The music they will be performing ranges through the centuries, from the 1700s with Bach and Gluck, to the 20th century with Ravel and Vaughan Williams.

For various combinations of flute, voice and piano, there will be oratorio, opera, operetta, lieder, sonata and song.

The backbone of the recital will be the German tradition – Bach (St John Passion), Gluck (Orfeo), Mozart (Don Giovanni), Schubert (The Shepherd on the Rock, with flute) and Lehár (The Merry Widow), with added spice from Saint Saëns, Ravel, Debussy (Syrinx for solo flute), Quilter, Bridge and Vaughan Williams.

Suzie is an opera and oratorio lyric soprano who, following her medical degree, studied on a postgraduate course at the Royal Academy.

While more accustomed to ‘mainstream’ opera – she was the Countess in Felici’s recent Figaro – she enjoyed preparing a selection of music from Die Fledermaus for last month’s concert.

Richard, who was the Count in Figaro, is an experienced lieder performer, as well as frequently appearing as soloist for various choral groups, having started singing as a chorister at St John’s Cambridge.

Ian Bradford has performed as a professional flautist in chamber groups and orchestras, and has also worked as a conductor and solo opera singer.

The concert at 109 Handside Lane starts at 6pm.

Admission is free, with a collection for the UCLH Malawi Stroke Project.

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