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We’re about to record Ethel Smyth’s dance-dream Fête Galante. The cast - conducted by the amazing Odaline de la Martinez with members of the Lontano Ensemble - is Simon Wallfisch, Charmian Bedford, Carolyn Dobbin, Mark Milhofer, Alessandro Fisher and Felix Kemp. We’re still very happy to have more subscribers! and if you get in quick, and are able to donate enough, you’ll be able to attend the recording sessions.

Our long-awaited recording of Loder’s glorious Gothic opera Raymond and Agnes was released on 3 August. We recorded this a year ago, with Richard Bonynge conducting the Royal Ballet Sinfonia. Richard was extremely impressed with the opera.
Our soloists were amazing: Majella Cullagh (Agnes), Mark Milhofer (Raymond), Andrew Greenan (the Baron), Carolyn Dobbin (Madelina), Quentin Hayes (Antoni), Alessandro Fisher (Theodore), Alexander Robin Baker (Francesco), Timothy Langston (Landlord), Phil Wilcox (Roberto) and David Horton (Martini).
Please click on the Listening Rooms link above to hear extracts from the 2015 concert in Bath, with the Bath Philharmonia. The 2-CD set includes all the dialogue, and the booklet includes the libretto and a synopsis. Do click on the link in the left hand panel for more details.


The enterprising group Arcadian Opera are mounting a full production of The Wreckers on 27th and 28th October, at the Roxburgh Theatre, Stowe, Bucks, UK. Full details are here. The website says that ‘the theatre will be adapted to the requirements of this extraordinary opera’ which is very intriguing! Tickets will be on sale soon. This is great news: there was a very memorable production by Duchy Opera in Truro in 2006, and it will be wonderful to see another; not before time. The conductor is Justin Lavender, who sang Mark in the 1994 recording of the Proms performance.

Do take a look at this interview, about Dame Ethel Smyth, broadcast through Pyrford TV ARTS, the Spring Edition. It’s between Tim Matthews and our own Chris Wiley. In the background, you’ll hear parts of the Overture to The Boatswain’s Mate, from Retrospect's recording. It’s really interesting, very well done, and lasts about eight and a quarter minutes. Thank you Chris, Tim, and Pyrford TV Arts! It’s also available through this Youtube link - our bit starts at about 9:04.

We’ve re-released the 1994 recording of Smyth’s The Wreckers, conducted by Odaline de la Martinez. We've retained the original artwork but re-packaged it, and also added an invaluable Foreword by Dr Christopher Wiley, which brings Smyth’s reception history up to date. Please click on the CD Sales tab, above. We sell worldwide and take a variety of payment methods.

We released Christmas Gambols and The Musical Tour of Mr Dibdin, by Charles Dibdin last November. Please click on the CD Sales tab above, for more details. Dibdin was an extremely important figure in the history of English comic opera, and of song, and we’re delighted with the response we’ve had to the CD. We’ve recently recorded another CD of music by Dibdin, called Shakespeare’s Garland, and that’s in edit at the moment.

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We’re fundraising for another of Ethel Smyth’s operas, Fête Galante. The left hand panel is the place to click on to find out more!

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