Sinfonia presents The English Channel at RPAC on August 25.

BRITISH: Laura Fanshawe will join the Redland Sinfonia when it presents The English Channel at RPAC on August 25.

BRITISH: Laura Fanshawe will join the Redland Sinfonia when it presents The English Channel at RPAC on August 25.

The Redland Sinfonia will celebrate the connection to the music of Britain in its next concert, The English Channel at RPAC at 2pm on August 25

Joining the orchestra is soprano Laura Fanshawe who will present arias from four centuries of British music.

Beginning with the love song Come Again Sweet Love by John Dowling and recently popularised by Sting, she will then sing a beautiful Shakespearean song set by Ivor Gurney. There will be songs by Gilbert and Sullivan, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Hubert Parry’s  hymn Jerusalem.  The climax will be the triumphal song, Rule Britannia, where Ms Fanshawe will appear as Boadicea, armed with sword and shield.

The orchestra, conducted by  Dr Graeme Denniss, will also play music from the traditional Last Night at the Proms, as well as medleys from The Beatles and Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera.  Also featured are lesser-known pieces including In a Monastery Garden, a piece of Victoriana by Albert Ketelby.

The performance will also feature members of the Bayside Youth Orchestra, conducted by Julie Schmidt.  They will take on the role of songbirds in the Monastery Garden, as well as playing the first movement from Holst’s St Paul’s Suite.  The group joins the sinfonia in Pomp and Circumstance march by Elgar.

Tickets are $30,$24,$15. Book on 3829 8131 or rpac.com.au