Friday 17th June - Prelude
For our Prelude evening on Friday 17th June, we are asking people to get dressed up to enjoy some classical music and opera in our marquee, starting with concert pianist Duncan Honeybourne and then a performance from the Dorset String Quartet, before an opera finale from Stella Brading.
Guests will be treated to a glass of Prosecco or a soft drink on arrival, and in the interval to a light supper provided by WAGAMAMA.
Duncan Honeybourne enjoys a diverse profile as a pianist and in music education. Following his concerto debuts at Symphony Hall, Birmingham, and the National Concert Hall, Dublin, he made recital debuts in London, Paris, and at international festivals in Belgium and Switzerland. Commended by International Piano magazine for his "glittering performances", Duncan has toured extensively as soloist and chamber musician, broadcasting frequently on BBC Radio 3 and radio networks worldwide. His many recordings reflect his long association with 20th and 21st century British piano music. He is a Tutor in Piano at the University of Southampton.
Stella started performing solo at the age of 11, having classical singing lessons until she was 21. Her love of Gilbert and Sullivan stemmed from performing their operas at Weymouth Grammar School and she joined Weymouth Operatic Society (now Wessex Musical Theatre), in 1995. She has taken numerous leading roles with the company including Queenie in Showboat, Yum Yum in Mikado, Josephine in HMS Pinafore, Phyllis in Iolanthe, Adelaide in Guys & Dolls, Lilli in Kiss Me Kate, Adelaide Adams in Calamity Jane, Svetlana in Chess, Golde in Fiddler on the Roof, Irene Molloy in Hello Dolly, Reno in Anything Goes and the challenging Mary In Jesus Christ Superstar.
Stella was the Unexpected Star of the Show in the BBC 1 Michael McIntyre Big Show in 2017, where she sang in front of a live audience of nearly 4000 - with only an hour to prepare - and was then asked by Michael to take part in a follow up programme the following January as one of his favourites!
The Dorset String Quartet
Dorset String Quartet was formed in 2016 by a group of like-minded musicians who kept meeting on the musical circuit. We are professional players with, collectively, many years of experience. DSQ has performed at various events, including weddings, mainly in Dorset, with great success. One of our regular engagements is for Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service at their annual Awards Ceremony held in Tidworth. Recent recitals have been for ‘Dewlish in Bloom’, the Summer Music Festival at Oborne, and evenings of Pop and Rock at a campsite near Corfe Castle!