Riders to the Sea / Curlew River

RAO's first production of the year is a double-bill of Vaughan Williams' Riders to the Sea and Britten's Curlew River, on which I have been assistant conductor and chorusmaster.  Directed by John Ramster and conducted by Peter Robinson, this is a dark evening (two pieces exploring the grief of losing a child) but captivating and moving, and the cast are superb.  It's particularly interesting to revisit Curlew River, having conducted another of the church parables, The Prodigal Son, in the Ryedale Festival's opera production (dir. Joe Austin) last year.  This double-bill opens on Thursday; toi toi to all.