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Tuesday, 15 October 2013 (3044180)
Opera star to return to her roots
by Henry James

INTERNATIONAL operastar, Amanda Roocroft, born and raised in Coppull, Wigan, returns to her roots in Lancashire.

She will perform with brilliant accompanist, Joseph Middleton, in Douglas Music, Parbold’s Live Music at the Weekend series in the Auditorium, Parbold Village Hall, on Saturday, November 2 at 7.45 pm.

Amanda has entitled the evening Tell me the truth about love, because – in song– it charts the course of a weekend love affair through the eyes of a young woman. It begins with an innocent young girl’s wonders and fears and moves through a variety of emotions to its close. Their CD of these19th and 20th century songs has been wonderfully received and was Disc of the Week in BBC Music Magazine.

Amanda Roocroft has secured an international reputation as one of Britain’s most exciting singers and one of the warmest, vibrant and most human of sopranos. She won the 2007 Laurence Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Opera for her performances with the English National Opera. In concert Amanda has appeared with leading orchestras throughout Europe and North America and has performed at many of the world's leading opera houses and festivals with many of the most illustrious conductors.

Joseph Middleton, 32, one of the brightest star-accompanists in the world of song, also works with Sir Thomas Allen and Dame Felicity Lott. The Telegraph has named him ‘as the crème de la crème of young British-based musical talent’. The BBC music magazine has described him ‘a born collaborator’.

Douglas Music’s reputation for bringing world-class musicians to Lancashire is unparalleled in the region. Artists including Sunwook Kim, Alina Ibragimova, Craig Ogden and Martin Carthy are among the distinguished musicians who are yet to perform during this 40th anniversary season.

This will be another opportunity to hear Douglas Music’s new Steinway piano. This instrument, originally from the Barbican Hall, London has been purchased with more than £11,000 donated by members of the public, and grants have been generously provided by the Arts Council England, Lancashire County Council, West Lancashire Borough Council, Parbold Parish Council and North West Music Trust.

For further information or to purchase tickets, visit or call the Box Office on 01257 498452 or 01257 462382.


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