Sarah Caplin (1)
What a triumph!
It was such an amazing event - I can’t believe it’s a week on and I am only just writing to congratulate you for inviting us to be part of the most impressive and important commemorative service. We found it inspirational. As one, when the DLI veterans stood up to process down the nave, leading the local children, my family burst into tears. We were so moved by their courage and dignity which touched everyone who was present.
It was a huge challenge to mark 70 years since the liberation of Belsen, the most appalling and inhumane of Nazi atrocities, in a way that conveyed to people who were alive at the time, as well as those who were born decades later, the horror of what occurred - and it was perfectly judged.
Darkness to Light, Durham Cathedral, April 2015
It Ain’t Necessarily So: Passion and Jealousy in Mike’s bar!
InterOpera spread its wings to the South Coast this Summer!
Called in to raise charitable funds in the community of St Leonard’s-on-Sea, IO created a spectacular event on a shoe-string budget.
For two nights only in this year’s St Leonards Festival, St John’s Pevensey Road was transformed into a seedy uptown “Mike’s bar”.
Bringing a fantastic evening of entertainment, cabaret style, to St John’s, the professional cast of local musicians, led by IO music director, Alistair Dawes, all gave their talents to support St John’s work in the community. The top-rate voices included Susannah Appleyard, John Twitchen, Toby Sims and Tom Clarkson, thrilling us in Gershwin’s mini jazz opera Blue Monday. The acclaimed Australian jazz vocalist Tazina Frank joined the 1st half programme of well-loved Gershwin numbers, with the festival Combo (with Alistair playing piano... jazz – style!!) and the audience joined in the fun – fifties dress was optional. Refreshments were available at the licensed bar and the show took place around informal cabaret tables and no-one forgot their dancing shoes!
The end result led to a cheque presented to InterOpera of over £337, a great new partnership and a splendid profit of nearly £2500 for the needy!
IO has been asked to create another sparkler for next year and we know we are up to the challenge.