The East London Garden Society

The Gardeners Opera

The Gardeners

Described by Seen and Heard International as A beautiful piece, beautifully performed, Robert Hugill’s and Joanna Wyld’s new garden‐themed opera The Gardeners is a new chamber opera which treats the themes of tolerance, remembrance and brotherhood using the garden as a metaphor for the possibility of growth and renewal.

Set in a Commonwealth War Graves Commission cemetery in a war’torn country amongst the family of gardeners who look after the cemetery, the opera premiered at Conway Hall in June 2019 with William Vann (artistic director of the London English Song Festival and musical director of the Royal Hospital Chelsea) conducting a cast of talented young artists, and received very positive reviews with Classical Source saying Quite a feat! It lingers in the memory.

They will be performing The Gardeners again on Monday 9 September 2019, at 7.45 p.m. at the Garden Museum in Lambeth, a venue which celebrates British gardens and gardening.

William Vann will again conduct with the cast all repeating their roles ‐ Julian Debreuill as the Gardeners, Peter Brathwaite as the Old Gardener, Magid El Bushra as the Angry Young Man, Flora McIntosh as the Grandmother and Georgia Mae Bishop as the Mother. They will be accompanied by an instrumental ensemble of harp, clarinet, violin, viola and cello, along with a small chorus.

This promises to be a very special event in a striking venue. Tickets cost £25 and are available on‐line from Ticket Tailor.

Tickets include a glass of wine which will be served before the performance, giving guests a chance to explore the Garden Museum’s lovely garden designed by Dan Pearson.