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“The afternoon tea was very high quality … Excellent!”

“The plated tea was excellent.”

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Would a Tea With… Christmas Special make a good Christmas present, or is this something you might enjoy for a Christmas outing with friends?

If you are caring for a loved one at home, and would like to bring them to a relaxed performance, this will be on Tuesday 5th December*.
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I’ve Got My Love To Keep Me Warm
Virtual Concert 2020, starring Olivia Carrell & Michael Gibson
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Away In A Manger – Click here
Silent Night – Click here
It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year – Click here
I’ll Be Home For Christmas – Click here
Baby, It’s Cold Outside – Click here
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This increasingly popular Clonter event consists of an hour of music, followed by traditional afternoon tea. The tea itself includes smoked salmon, cream cheese and cucumber, and egg mayonnaise sandwiches, with the crusts cut off, followed by a tiered cake stand presented to your table with an assortment of goodies, which include a freshly baked scone with whipped cream and strawberry jam (the Devon way), orange and walnut flapjack, chocolate cake, and a very juicy strawberry. Accompanied by an all-important cup of tea or fresh coffee, served in rosebud china and ceramic teapots. This is preceded by an hour of Christmas-themed musical entertainment, presented by two singers and a pianist, under the swagged red organza and brass chandelier, banqueting style in the intimacy of the Ramsey Room at Clonter.

Clonter also offers a ‘relaxed’ performance – On Tuesday 5th December – which was introduced to offer people in care homes, or for those being cared for at home, and their carers, something to go to together during the day. This opportunity has also been extended to those with other disabilities. (See below for further details).
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Bethan Terry – Soprano

British lyric soprano Bethan Terry took part in Clonter’s May Masterclasses and Spring Opera Showcase earlier this year. She is a Junior Fellow at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. Recent engagements include performing a tour of recitals in Italy, with regular duo partner Francesca Lauri. In June, Bethan was a Young Artist at Leeds Lieder Festival. In November 2022, Bethan performed works by George Walker in a special BBC Immersion concert, led by Alison Buchanan, broadcast on BBC Radio 3. This was followed by a tour of Mozart’s Così fan tutte with North Wales Opera Studio, which featured Bethan’s debut performances as Fiordiligi. In March, Bethan sang in a Lieder concert curated by Graham Johnson at Milton Court Concert Hall. Her operatic roles include Fiordiligi (Così fan tutte), Countess and Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro), Elettra (Idomeneo), Frasquita (Carmen), Stella (A Streetcar Named Desire), Jenny (Die Dreigroschenoper), Semele (Semele), Avis (The Wreckers), Lady Billows (Albert Herring). Competition success includes: finalist in the Paul Hamburger Prize, Somerset Song Prize 2022, GSMD English Song Prize, Bath Opera Isobel Buchanan Award, English Song Competition for Voice and Piano, Elisabeth Schumann Lieder Duo Competition and highly commended in the 2019 Lillian Ashe French Song Duo Competition with duo partner Francesca Lauri, with the duo later winning the competition in 2020, adjudicated by Roger Vignoles. Bethan has participated in masterclasses with Susan Manoff, Julius Drake, Kate Royal, Elaine Kidd, Nicky Spence, Yvonne Howard, Tobias Truniger, and Toby Spence. During the Summer of 2021 Bethan was a Young Artist at the Waterperry Opera Festival, performing in the chorus of Donizetti’s The Elixir of Love and roles in the Young Artist opera scenes. Her appearance as the soprano soloist in Kurtag’s The Late Messages of Mrs R. V. Troussova with the Ubu Ensemble, has been postponed to a later date. Bethan was a Help Musicians Scholar in 2021. She is currently part of the Josephine Baker Trust Scheme. Bethan devises her own projects, for instance, in June she staged Schumann’s song-cycle Frauenliebe und -leben in Milton Court Concert Hall. One audience member commented that “it was the most they have been moved for some time”. Bethan completed the Artist Masters programme at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama with distinction under Professor Janice Chapman and Marie Vassiliou, supported by The Rosaleen McFie Osborn Fund and The Sidney Perry Foundation in 2023. Graduating in 2021, she received a Bachelors degree from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, having studied with Sophie Grimmer.

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André Soares – Baritone

André Batalha Soares is a baritone from Portugal where he started vocal studies in 2009. He graduated from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in 2022, joining the David Seligman Opera School for his MA in Advanced Opera Performance. Recent engagements include Gaoler in Dialogues of the Carmelites (RWCMD), Guglielmo in Mozart’s Così fan tutte (NWOS), Vater in Humperdinck’s Hansel und Gretel (RWCMD) and Schaunard in Puccini’s La bohème (Cardiff Opera). André is supported by the Leverhulme Trust Scholarship Fund and was the recipient of the Philippa & David Seligman Award for Excellence.

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Robin Humphreys – Accompanist

Robin Humphreys is a graduate of the University of Birmingham and a holder of the prestigious Diploma in Professional Performance from the Royal Northern College of Music, where he studied piano accompaniment with David Lloyd. Appearing in concert for over 40 years, he enjoys a successful career as an accompanist and répétiteur (praised as “world-class” by Louise Flind for “Opera Today”), the breadth of his repertoire being reflected in television and radio broadcasts ranging from BBC Radio 3 to Emmerdale! A Principal Lecturer at the RNCM, Robin is a senior music coach within the School of Vocal Studies and Opera, for whom he was also chief répétiteur on the majority of college opera productions from the late 1990s until 2013. He has appeared with the Manchester Camerata in the world première of “A Feast of Fables” by Paul Reade, has been Musical Director for Feelgood Theatre Productions and, from 1990-2000, Opera & Concert Productions (Worldwide) Ltd with whom he toured throughout the Gulf, the Indian sub-continent and the Far East. Robin has a particularly close association with Clonter Opera Theatre in Cheshire, where he regularly works as Assistant Musical Director and Accompanist. For 35 years he was an accompanist member of the British & International Federation of Festivals.
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Wednesday 6th December

Tickets £38 (Ramsey Room), £32 (Foyer) – Both to include Concert & Tea, £17 (Foyer) – Concert Only*

Doors Open 2.30pm

Performance 3 – 4pm

Tea Served 4pm

*Please note that this event is banqueting style – You will be sharing a table with others. However, if you would prefer a table for two, this option is available. Tickets £47. Limited availability.
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*Relaxed Performance – Tuesday 5th December

A relaxed performance is a show that has been adapted to suit people who might require a more relaxed environment, including (but not limited to) adults or children with learning difficulties, those with autistic spectrum and other sensory communication disorders. This we extend to include those with dementia and other related conditions.

Tickets £22 + 1 carer comes for free

Book Through Box Office Only – 01260 224514 (Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 10am – 4pm)
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