Hatstand Opera are Fond of Frinton!

Hatstand Opera are back in Essex on Tuesday 4 August, presenting Vocal Vices at the Marquee on the Greensward, Frinton-on-Sea.

We’ve been performing in Frinton since 1996, entertaining audiences first at the WI Hall for the Music Society, and more recently in the marquee on the picturesque clifftops. In the marquee, we’ve had glorious sunny evenings, high winds that rattled the marquee (shaken but not stirred, I might add!), and gentle soft rain, but we always enjoy ourselves immensely, as the audiences are great!

And it’s not just the audience sitting in the seats that enjoy our shows; we tend to attract a crowd of people walking dogs, ‘ultra-cool’ teenagers, and rather lost Japanese tourists, standing just outside the open end of the marquee, curious as to why they can hear opera drifting across the clifftops! Often they are still standing there 30 minutes later, while the dogs have given up and are snoring at their feet!

What a super show ‘Vocal Vices’ has evolved into – audiences adore it. It follows the classic Hatstand Opera formula; bits of opera you’ll know from films or advertisements, operetta that tugs the heartstrings, and a whole series of songs that you’ll probably be itching to sing along with!

Tuesday 4 August at 7.30pm
Vocal Vices
Marquee on the Greensward, Frinton-on-Sea, Essex
Time: 7.30pm
Tickets: GBP6, available from:
Frinton Free Church, Connaught Ave – 01255 679585,
Frinton Parish Church, Old Road – 01255 679164,
& The Marquee on the Greensward (from 1st August).
Part of Frinton Mission week

Suit You, Sir!

Nice threads, boys....

Nice threads, boys....

Several people have commented on the natty new suits our gentlemen singers are wearing in the Vocal Vices publicity shots. We love them too!

They are genuine American Zoot suits, bought from an Italian suit company based in Harlem, New York. Finding them involved hours of research on the web, careful measurement of our tenor’s shoulder width to check he would fit into his jacket, and equally careful colour choices to ensure all the chaps looked great!

One thing we had not quite bargained on was the level of import duty and taxes we would need to pay, to get the suits into the UK. By the time we’d paid all the monies due and the postage, the price had almost doubled, but hey, who cares. Only the best for our boys…

Remember, if you’re interested in raising cash for your favourite charity with a summer performance of Vocal Vices, get your hands on our Charity Fundraising Outdoor Opera Guide – it’s free!

Vocal Vices

Where vice is nice, and the singing simply divine…

Take seven deadly sins, a fistful of modern vices, a pride of singers and an almost penitent pianist, for a night of pure entertainment heaven.

Vocal Vices is the naughty new show from Hatstand Opera that’s greedy for good tunes, lustful for laughter but never too proud to be fun!

Touring the UK and beyond from January 2009

Watch this blog for more details…