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Monday, 22 December 2014

MEMORIAL: Sir George William Langham Christie CH

An unforgettable celebration of the life of George Christie. St. James' Piccadilly in December 2014, packed with friends & musicians, a crowd worthy of his enthusiasm at Glyndebourne - the world class international Opera House in the folds of the South Downs in Sussex - George was anarchic, he had a gift for friendship, funny, with manners to match his charm. 
His dedication for 42 years to opera was a remarkable achievement. The new opera house is proof of his daring and a triumph. 

To honor him.. a thirty strong London Philharmonic Orchestra. 
The Glyndebourne Chorus, 24 strong - 6 Sopranos // 6 Mezzo Sopranos // 6 Tenors // 6 Baritone/Basses. 

Giuseppe Verdi - Don Carlo march from the Finale Act 2, conductor Vladimir Jurowski. 

Richard Strauss - Capriccio Introduction, conductor Andrew Davis. 

George Frideric Handel - Giulio Cesare 
Va tacito e nascosto. Sung by Mezzo Soprano, Sarah Connolly. 

Franz Schubert - Rosamunde Ent'acle in D-Major, conductor Bernard Haitink. 

Gioacchino Rossini - Le Comte Ory - A la faveur de cette nuit obscure avançous nons, conductor Andrew Davis. 

Franz Schubert - Wanderers Nachtlied II.
Robert Schumann - Widmung Myrthen Op. 25, No. 1. sung by Gerald Finley baritone, Duncan Williams Piano. 

For once the hymns were rousing and the singing filled the church to the rafters.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - La Clemenza di Tito Act 2. Sc. XVI. Orchestra and chorus conductor, Vladimir Jurowski. 

Ending with Felix Mendelssohn - A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op. 61, Nocturne, conductor Vladimir Jurowski. 

What a valediction... 
Glyndebourne at its best. 

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