Vocal Vices: Ideal Dinner Entertainment!

We’re off to a private dinner function near Bristol in a couple of weeks, where the entertainment will our feast of greed, gluttony, lust, pride, envy, wrath and sloth, Vocal Vices.

We’ll be singing in between courses of dinner which is a great way to keep a flow of fine food and wonderful music all evening. People do ask if we sing while people eat, to which the answer is always no, as you can’t concentrate on two great things at once, us and the food!

All of our shows can be enjoyed in this format, and it is also our most popular format for charity fundraising events, both inside during the winter and in marquees in the summer.

If you fancy some Vocal Vices in your life, just get in touch!

Top 20 opera highlights from Hatstand Opera

Over at our main Hatstand Opera blog, we’ve posted the top 20 opera highlights we sing, ranked by the number of times we’ve sung them, and the winner has been sung by us well over 300 times!

But we’d love to know which one is YOUR favourite.

So, click on this HSO blog link, which should open our blog in another window. Have a read, then add a comment and tell us which is your favourite!

Victorious, Happy and Glorious: new show for July 2012

It’s time to celebrate with Hatstand Opera! Break out the bunting, bring a flag or two and generally have a super time with gold-winning opera, regal operetta and songs that glitter like diamonds. This a show to put you in first place for enjoyment and fun, and runs rings round anything else you’ll see this July (in a marquee in Surrey on a Saturday night)!

Ok, enough with the tie-ins, this is a unique show created by Hatstand Opera especially for the 2012 Bourne Show. Book a table, bring a picnic, and share with friends/guests/VIPs before the show – just remember to save your puds for the interval and your cash for the bar! (You provide the picnic, we’ll provide tables of 8, and chairs.)

It’s all in a good cause too, with profits going to our chosen charity this year, The Royal British Legion. Forget that ‘lost’ invite to the Buckingham Palace garden party, Lower Bourne Green is the place to be seen.

So, book your table and join in the fun – hip, hip, hooray!

Saturday 21 July 2012
Victorious, Happy & Glorious
Bourne Show Marquee, Lower Bourne Green, Farnham, Surrey
Time: 7pm for picnic, show starts 8pm
Tickets: £15, bring your own picnic – tables & chairs provided, cash bar.
Available from: char.smitherman@btinternet.com or 01252 735 109

New logo and new website for Hatstand Opera

Our new website is, quite literally, bubbling over with new info, new pics, new show info and a whole heap of other good stuff.

Discover more about Hatstand at www.hatstandopera.co.uk.

Open air opera shows with Hatstand Opera this September

We’ve a brace of wonderful outdoor shows in September, taking us from a private garden in Surrey to the gorgeous Romney Marsh in Kent. So, why not join us in the autumn sunshine – yes, we must be due some by then!


Saturday 3 September 2011
Opera Under the Stars
Beech Avenue, Effingham, Surrey KT24 5PJ

This fabulous evening in aid of Cherry Trees Respite Care gives you a unique chance to view an exclusive garden, and be royally entertained with great opera favourites, presented by Hatstand Opera in their delightfully light-hearted style.

Most extracts are sung in English, including airline adverts, favourite tunes and something really unusual for the buffs, loads of laughs and much more. No need for subtitles, when compere and mezzo Kirsty Young introduces who’s singing what, when and why!

Bring a picnic and your friends to this wonderful evening of magnificent music set in beautiful surroundings. There will also be a cash bar.
Time: 7pm
Tickets: £30
Buy tickets online at: http://www.eventelephant.com/cherrytreesopera
More information from: Cherry Trees Fundraising Office, School Lane, East Clandon, Guildford GU4 7RS
T. 01483 222507
E. fundraising@cherry-trees.co.uk
W. http://www.cherry-trees.co.uk/forthcomingEvents.htm


Saturday 10 September 2011
Opera on the Farm
Haguelands Village, Burmarsh Road, Romney Marsh, Kent, TN29 0RJ
A delightful evening of music and food in the rolling Kent countryside just half a mile from the sea at Haguelands Farm, home to Kent’s largest living maize maze, a superb Farm Shop, and a friendly herd of alpacas!

Join Hatstand Opera for the very best hilarious scenes and heart-rending arias, where quick costume changes and informal presentation combine with top-notch singing for a great evening of music and laughter.  Most extracts are sung in English, including airline adverts, favourite tunes and something really unusual for the buffs, loads of laughs and much more. No need for subtitles, when compére and mezzo Kirsty Young introduces who’s singing what, when and why!

Come early and enjoy a summer’s evening at Haguelands:
• walk the maize maze
• top up you picnic at the farm shop
• take a farm tour (until 7pm)
• meet the alpacas!
• cash bar serving local beers, wines and ciders will also be available.

Time: 7.30pm (gates open 6pm)
Tickets: £25 (bring your own picnic), or £40 including a hamper of Haguelands Bistro food and sparkling wine to share with your party
• Please bring a chair for this outdoor performance
• If weather is bad, performance will be in a large barn!
Available from: 01303 873535 or 01303 874727
Email: enquiries@haguelandsvillage.co.uk
Online: http://www.haguelandsvillage.co.uk

See you there!

Hatstand Opera at Frinton on Sea this Saturday


Fancy a chortle or a chuckle above the cliffs at Frinton?

We’re performing our new show “Laugh-Allowed Opera” at Frinton-on-Sea in Essex this Saturday in the Marquee on the Greensward, a lovely location overlooking the sea and sands.

We’ve performed here for several years, and the shows always have a party atmosphere, especially when unsuspecting evening dog-walkers suddenly hear Verdi or Puccini wafting across the grass! Join us for what is the highlight of our summer season, because singers too like to be beside the seaside…



Saturday 30 July 2011
Laugh-Allowed Opera
The Marquee on the Greensward, The Seafront, Frinton on Sea, Essex
Time: 7.30pm
Tickets: £7
Available from: Frinton Free Church 01255 679 585
Frinton Parish Church 01255 679 164

more details on our Hatstand Opera Performance Diary

Essex Opera in the Orchard cheap tickets offer ends 30 June

Hatstand Opera are back in Essex in July for Opera in the Orchard, a weekend of great opera and gorgeous food in the heart of the Essex countryside. And you can get tickets at the special price of £20 each for either “Lights, Camera… Action” on Sat 9 July or “A Laugh at the Opera” on Sun 10 July (or both if you wish!)

You’ll need to get a wriggle on, however; on 1 July the tickets go up to £25 each, so it really is a case of book now and save! Buy your tickets today by credit card fro:

Saturday 9 July 2011 at 5pm
Lights, Camera… Action!
Sunday 10 July 2011 at 5pm
A Laugh at the Opera
venue: Bouncers Farm, Wickham Hall Lane, Wickham Bishop, Essex, CM8 3JJ
time: gates open 2pm, show starts 5pm, picnic interval at 6pm

Winning praise from Wales

Hatstand Opera were back at the St Brides Spa Hotel in Saundersfoot near Tenby last week for a sell-out evening of fine food and opera. We were particularly chuffed that this event was such a succes, as the evening was put on by the hotel and not under the auspices of the Tenby Festival as in previous years. It proves that there is certainly a year-round appetite for opera in this lovely part of Wales, and the management were really pleased too:

” The evening went so well and once again we have received fantastic feedback from those who attended.”

We are already making plans to return next year, so watch this space!

In the meantime, if you fancy a break in south Wales, the St Brides Spa Hotel really is a lovely relaxing place for a weekend away from it all; we always stay overnight after the show, and the view across the bay in the morning from your breakfast table is hard to beat.

Last chance for early bird ticket offer for Hatstand Opera in Essex July 2011

Opera in the orchard 2011

The great value Hatstand Opera in the Orchard 2 for 1 early bird offer is ending soon – grab these bargain opera tickets while you can!


Book your Bite at the Opera tickets before they disappear

Our next performance of A Bite at the Opera in Spalding, Lincs, is fast appraoching sell-out status, with literally around 25 tickets left. So, if you want to join us for a great everning of fine food and music, you’ll need to book asap, as tickets will not be available on the night.


A Bite at the Opera
South Holland Centre, Market Place, Spalding, Lincs PE11 1SS
time: 7pm for dinner at 7.30pm
tickets: £30, including 4-course dinner with Lincolnshire food, and opera performance
Box Office: 01775 764 777 – advance booking essential
Buy tickets online at http://www.southhollandcentre.co.uk/live




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