Some Enchanted Evening!
Concert for Clara)
6th November 7.45pm
Shrewsbury RC Cathedral, Town Walls
Conductor Oliver Walker
The Concert for Clara Orchestra
Leader Julia Johnson
will be a unique and fun concert in Shropshire, given by one of the best
chamber choirs in the Midlands,
accompanied by full orchestra. All proceeds will go to Rett Syndrome research.
Century - choruses from Handel’s Messiah
19th Century - Offenbach’s Can Can
- extracts from G & S’s The Pirates of Penzance
20th Century - extracts from Edward German’s Merrie England
Rogers & Hammerstein’s South Pacific
Ulvaeus / Andersson / Rice’s Chess
£10 (Children and Students £5)
from Theatre Severn Box Office 01743-281281
Some Messiah! Some Enchanted Evening!
original concept for this concert was to perform a selection of popular
choruses from late 20th Century Musicals. When further investigation revealed
an amazing dearth of part choruses in those Shows, we cast our net much
farther back. We first sing some of the great choruses from Handel’s
18th century Messiah. This is an oratorio, which we might say these days
is the “Concert” (as opposed to “Stage”) version
of a Show. From 19th century, we proceed to extracts from G & S’s
The Pirates of Penzance via Offenbach’s Can Can (from his operetta
Orpheus in the Underworld). Next, a selection from Edward German’s
Edwardian musical Merrie England lead us to some magical numbers from
South Pacific (staged 1949), and we conclude with a choral selection from
the 1985 musical Chess (by Tim Rice and Abba), which produced major hits
I know him so well and One Night in Bangkok. This should be a unique,
fun, and unforgettable evening’s entertainment.
Thank you to our Sponsors
PCB Solicitors, and Gee 7 Wealth Management Ltd, Financial Planners for
their generous support of this concert.
Concert for Clara Orchestra, led by Julia Johnson, includes professional
and experienced amateur players from across Shropshire, who have all given
their time and talent to make this a special musical event.
Rett Syndrome Research
Imagine the symptoms of autism, cerebral palsy, Parkinson's, epilepsy,
and anxiety disorders…all in one little girl. Rett Syndrome is a
neurological condition that affects 1 in 15,000 female births across the
world, leaving them unable to walk or talk. Clara is the only little girl
who suffers with it in Shropshire. We know that it’s caused by a
fault on a single gene. For many years it was thought to be incurable.
Then, in 2007, Prof. Adrian Bird in Edinburgh astonished the scientific
world by reversing Rett Syndrome in mice. Since then, researchers around
the world have been focused on delivering a cure for Rett Syndrome in
the girls. Several labs will be trialling a gene therapy cure for mice
later this year, with the prospect of moving to a clinical trial with
some of the girls in the next 2 to 3 years. Rett Syndrome could be the
first genetic neurological condition to be defeated by science. That would
be a great human triumph, and hopefully would blaze the trail for the
cure of more conditions. All proceeds from this concert will go to the
Rett Syndrome Research Trust, which is trying to
accelerate the race to a cure by funding research across the world. (visit
to Future Concerts