Mozart's final and fun-filled opera, particularly so in the absence of the recitative elements symptomatic of operatic work of the era was albeit performed in parts, very much in evidence at the Royal Festival Hall last evening when The Mozart Experience of A Night Under The Stars, a charity event in aid of The Passage featured excerpts of Die Zauberflote.
A boy meets girl, girl comes to boy scene when Papagena appears to a forlorn Papageno, the latter having been encouraged by ( an unseen in the performance ) three child spirits to play his magic bells, part of the equipment of a bird catcher, in his moment of despair at presumably having lost his beloved. Thus the happy couple, united at last, stutter in astonishment in this amongst the happiest duets of the operatic repertoire.
And so in the end, a happy conclusion as girl gets boy
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The Schola Cantorum of the Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School are no strangers to Westminster Cathedral, being on the roster of choirs regularly singing at the Vigil Mass on Saturday evenings as well as on other occasions. Despite the familiarity of the place, these young and capable professionals seen here in rehearsal in the afternoon gave ample indication that their regular tours at home and abroad, attendance at recording studios and opera halls are the result not only of talent but hard work and dedication.
Choral works by Bruckner, Kodaly and Mawby accompanied the St Anne's Mass being the music that is primarily used at the Vigil Mass and were performed with great flair under the direction and steady guidance of Scott Price, who is music director at Cardinal Vaughan.
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Very appropriately it was Pentecost Sunday, the day when in fulfilling the promise made to his disciples at the last supper, Christ sent them an advocate to build up His church, that Father Jeremy Davies should be speaking at the Tyburn pitch of the Westminster Catholic Evidence Guild. Fr Jeremy in explaining St Paul's letter to the Ephesians, said that the gift of the Holy Spirit was given to build up the church into a community and into holiness, so as to build up each Christian into the image of our Lord Jesus and thus enable the fullness of Christ to dwell fully in every Christian. Therefore as his disciples were, we too are in receipt of this same promise of the Holy Spirit.
As Fr Jeremy continued in private discussion with some of the gathered audience, Brother Philip mounted the platform to speak further and take questions from the assembled listeners.
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There then followed a discussion with the panel consisting of Baroness Helena Kennedy, Tracey McDermott of the FSA, Peter Selby who is the director of St Paul's Institute. Proceedings were under the chair and direction of Stephanie Flanders, the economics editor of the BBC. Questions were put to Archbishop Vincent from both the panel and audience. Archbishop Vincent's responses in the video are well worth noting.