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Innovative local opera company, Canterbury Cathedral Garden Opera will be staging a production of Mozart’s The Abduction from the Harem on Sunday 21st July at St Edmunds School and Saturday 27th to Sunday 28th July at The Deanery Garden, Canterbury.

Performed by local professional singers and orchestra and directed by Master of the Choristers and Cathedral Organist at Canterbury Cathedral, Dr David Flood, this will be the company’s fifth production. Based on the popularity of previous sell-out shows, The Abduction from the Harem looks to offer another dynamic cultural event for the area, whilst raising money for The Canterbury Cathedral Trust and the Kent Multiple Sclerosis Therapy Centre.

The Abduction from the Harem is one of Mozart’s most delightful and witty operas full of some of his most ravishing music, with the action taking place in the exotic setting of a Turkish harem. Audiences are invited to enjoy a picnic, either in the idyllic setting of the Deanery Garden in the shadow of Canterbury Cathedral, or at St. Edmunds School with its glorious views over the city.

The Dean of Canterbury, who will be hosting the production at The Deanery Garden, says: “I am delighted to be supporting Canterbury Cathedral Garden Opera and this year’s production of the The Abduction from the Harem. I have no doubt that this will be yet another memorable production. As well as supporting the conservation of our cathedral, it is wonderful that CCGO has enriched Canterbury’s culture with high quality opera performances for all to enjoy.”

Musical Director, Dr David Flood says, “Canterbury Cathedral Garden Opera was started to provide local, fully staged opera of a high performance standard which appeals to a broad spectrum of the East Kent community. The Abduction from the Harem is not one the most performed of Mozart’s operas, perhaps because of the level of virtuosity of the arias, and we are delighted to offer a rare opportunity to see it outside of London’s opera houses. I am thoroughly enjoying working on the project with an excellent cast and orchestra and the full support of Canterbury Cathedral.”

CCGO productions have raised thousands of pounds to support the maintenance of Canterbury Cathedral, and this year will also be supporting Kent Multiple Sclerosis Therapy Centre as soloist, Catherine Futcher, has received support from them for the condition. Catherine says, “The Kent MS Therapy has helped enormously and I am delighted to be able to give something back through my passion for music. I am grateful to everyone at CCGO for supporting me in this and look forward to what I hope will be a fantastic production this year.”

Tickets for the performance at St. Edmunds School on Sunday 21st July at 7.00pm are £20.00 and can be purchased by calling 01227 457600 or online at ccgo.co.uk. This performance will support Kent MS Therapy Centre. Tickets for the performance at The Deanery Garden on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th July (both at 7.00pm) are £25.00 from Cathedral House, The Precincts, Canterbury, or by calling 01227 762862, or online at ccgo.co.uk. This performance will support The Cathedral Trust and chairs will not be provided.  Members of the audience are invited to arrive at the venues from 6.00pm and bring a picnic to enjoy.

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Notes to editors:

For more information, to arrange interviews, rehearsal photographs or press tickets, please contact Penelope Martin-Smith on 07974800408 or peps.soprano@gmail.com, or Amy Wackett on 07792 631126 or amy@wacketts.co.uk

Further information on Canterbury Cathedral Garden Opera can be found at www.ccgo.co.uk

For more information on The Canterbury Cathedral Trust, go to http://www.canterbury-cathedral.org

For more information on Kent Multiple Sclerosis Therapy Centre, go to http://www.kentmstc.org.uk/

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