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Sea Change Celebrity Concert, Fleetwood Marine Hall

THE largest expanse of water many of us get close to is, perhaps, the bath.

But we still enjoy feeling the salt water in our veins and enjoy a burst of pride when reminded of our strong bond to the sea and great maritime past.

There was all that and more when Poulton-based Opera Events staged their Sea Change concert at the Marine Hall, Fleetwood, to mark the big changes that are taking place to the local seafront.

One of the founders of Opera Events is soprano Charlotte Kinder who has a splendid track record with top opera companies. She was joined by her husband David Kempster, a familiar face at Glyndebourne and English National Opera, who was taking a break from playing don Giovanni for Welsh National Opera.

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With a form book like that this was an evening of sea songs that lived up to all expectations.

With a small chamber group from Lancashire Sinfonietta and the artists on the same level as the audience rather than perched up on the stage, there was a wonderful feeling of intimacy and communication in the hall.

From Gilbert and Sullivan to Mendelssohn there were many highlights particularly settings of Masefield poems Sea Fever and and Captain Stratton’s Fancy by Ireland and Warlock respectively in which Mr Kempster’s versatility stood out.

Mention must be made of Richard Strauss’s song Morgen, here a delicate and thrilling rendition by Miss Kinder with wonderful pianistic support from Brian Hughes. A genuinely moving experience – the notes died away and we were able to breathe again.