Katy Wright

Deputy Editor, Classical Music

Investec Opera Holland Park to perform Verdi’s Requiem for Grenfell victims

10:20, 4th July 2017

Investec Opera Holland Park (OHP) is to give a performance of Verdi’s Requiem on 1 August to support those affected by the Grenfell Tower fire.

All proceeds will go to the Rugby Portobello Trust (RPT), which has been working closely with victims of the fire, and with which OHP has a long association.

Tickets cost £20-£35, and can be purchased online or by telephone. Donations can also be made online.

The company says it has been ‘inundated’ with artists offering to donate their services since it announced plans for a fundraising concert two weeks ago.

The performance will feature soprano Anne Sophie Duprels, mezzo-soprano Yvonne Howard, tenor Neal Cooper and bass Barnaby Rea, with the Opera Holland Park Chorus (including OHP principals and guest artists), the City of London Sinfonia and conductors Sian Edwards and Peter Robinson.

Based just a mile from the Grenfell Tower, OHP has been ‘profoundly affected’ by the fire: several of the company’s staff are, and historically have been, residents of North Kensington, and one member of staff who was a Grenfell resident is currently missing. The company has been collecting donations since the event, with all donations given to the Kensington and Chelsea Foundation for distribution to those in need.

In a joint statement, director of opera James Clutton and general director Michael Volpe said: ‘The best way we know to commemorate and help the victims of this disaster is to make music and so that is what we will do. There has been a lot of emotion in the company since the events of that day, and our friend and colleague is mourned deeply.

‘The RPT deserve respect and admiration for everything they have been doing in the aftermath and we hope this event will provide the funds to help them continue their work in supporting the community.’


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