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A fun family produce show, organised by the Friends of St. Mary’s Church, will take place in St Mary’s Church from 2.00pm to 4.30pm on Saturday 12th September. Entry to the show will be 50p for adults and free for children under 16.
Everyone is encouraged to prepare entries. Refreshments will be available.
A charge of 50p per exhibit will apply to adult entries (no charge for children under 16).
After the show items can be taken home or donated for sale in aid of the church. Alternatively some flower exhibits could be donated for churchyard decoration.
SECTIONS: FLOWERS. FRUIT. VEGETABLES. BAKING. PRESERVES.
After last year’s very popular The Pirates of Penzance, Opera Anywhere is coming back to Long Wittenham to perform Gilbert and Sullivan’s much loved comic opera The Mikado for one night only at St Mary’s Church at 7:30 on Saturday 19th September. The show will be presented by the The Friends of St Mary’s, in aid of the church.
Opera Anywhere is renowned for performing unique versions of operas, old and new, in unusual and interesting locations. Founded in 2000, the company began life on an especially erected stage on a pond at the centre of their Oxfordshire village of Sunningwell. The early performances were Proms concerts, which soon developed into fully staged opera productions. It now tours throughout the UK, the main objective being to entertain audiences with popular but also less well-known operas.
Set in Japan, The Mikado presents a tangled web of love. Nanki-Poo, the son of the Mikado, flees in search of his true love, Yum-Yum, to avoid marrying a much older suitor. Yum-Yum, however, is betrothed to Ko-Ko, the Lord High Executioner, against her will. Things, as you can see are compliacted! But can everything be righted before someone loses their head? Expect high jinx, lots of energy and clever wordplay as all is revealed.
Tickets are £18 for adults, £16 for over 65s and £8 for under 18s, and are available at https://operaanywhere.com/events/ or call 03336 663366.
Moonrakers is an Oxford-based group of four musicians who pride themselves in having brought traditional and contemporary folk music to new audiences in village halls, churches, arts centres and festivals across the UK. The fact that the band “just oozes quality” (Living Tradition) is down to the careful arrangements and selection of tunes and songs, presenting “exquisite music” (BBC). The material is a combination of traditional Irish, Scottish, Welsh and English music and their own contemporary songs and tunes, still very much ‘in the idiom’.
Some villagers may have seen them perform on Wittenham Clumps last May Bank Holiday where their music was highly acclaimed.
Tickets are £12 on the door.