Two very different music events will be held at Stamford Corn Exchange during the next week.
Peterborough Opera will stage Bizet's opera Carmen on Friday, May 15 and Saturday, May 16 and a special fundraising concert will be held on Thursday, May 21.
Carmen is a story of seduction leading to infatuation and tragedy. It is very much life in the raw; a story of lawlessness and immorality. It has become arguably the world's most popular opera, with a wealth of music much of which, like the Toreador's song and the Habanera, has become instantly recognisable.
So if you have never been to an opera then this is the one for you. Don't be put off by thoughts of all the la-de-da stuff sung in a language that you don't understand, a plot that you can't follow and music you don't like
Carmen has a plot that is easy to follow and superb music you may already be familiar with.
Sung in English the fully staged and costumed performances include an orchestra.
Performances start at 7.30pm each evening and tickets cost £15 from the box office: 01780 766455 or online at www.stamford-corn-exchange.co.uk
Anyone who is interested in joining Peterborough Opera will be made welcome at rehearsals on any Friday evening or by contacting the chairman, Phil Hammersley: 01778 380071 or Marc Murray: 07503 72849.
An evening of performances by local dancers, bands and singers will be held on Thursday, May 21 from 7pm.
Music For Michelle has been organised by Jack Beniston, 22, from Stamford who is taking on a Sue Ryder trek to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro in memory of his late wife Michelle. Tickets are £5.50.
Jack, who launched his fundraising appeal in the Mercury back in February, has already raised in excess of £2,300 for Thorpe Hall who helped to care for his wife, Michelle who sadly passed away in October last year.
He said: “The support has been unbelievable. It’s heart-warming and chokes me up knowing that people, some that I’ve never met, want to help me raise lots of money in memory of Michelle.”
Jack’s former PE teacher, Dominic Brister, from Stamford Welland Academy, encouraged the school to get behind Jack’s fundraising after reading his heart breaking story.
Money raised from the concert will go towards Jack’s new fundraising target of £5,000, which he hopes to reach by the time he takes on the trek in December.