Hull Is This editor Jerome Whittingham visited Hull Urban Opera’s rehearsals, to learn more about their forthcoming presentation of Socrates, Music and Mindfulness.
“Socrates isn’t exactly an opera but it’s an excellent gateway to high-quality singing,” says director Russell Plows. “Satie’s music is beautiful, elegant, and familiar to people who have heard his famous Gymnopédies, which are often used in advertising.”
With constantly shifting sights, sounds and even smells, Socrates is a feast for the senses and particularly accessible due to it being just one hour in length. It will be performed at Hull Minster, Beverley Memorial Hall and Cabourne Parva, with tickets available from Hull Box Office for just £11 including booking fee. Additional performances take place at Thornton Village Hall and St Matthew’s in Hull, which are unticketed and pay what you can.
“We hope that audience members will experience the show differently,” says Russell. “For some the music and singing will register most strongly, for some it will be the story, and for others the power of being in the moment, which is the essence of mindfulness.”
Music and Mindfulness: Socrates runs on the following dates:
Saturday 22nd June, 7pm and 9pm – Cabourne Parva, Market Rasen
Monday 24th June, 7pm – Thornton Village Hall, Walker Street, Hull
Tuesday 25th June, 7pm – St Matthew’s, Boulevard, Hull
Wednesday 26th June, 7pm and 9pm – Hull Minster
Friday 28th June, 7pm and 9pm – Beverley Memorial Hall
For ticketed performances, please visit www.hullboxoffice.com or call 0844 249 1000.
Director – Russell Plows
Music Director – Ben Newton
Designer – Liz Dees
Soprano – Poppy Shotts
Mindfulness Leader – Jim Rogers
Piano – Caroline Blair
You can find out more about Hull Urban Opera at www.hullurbanopera.com and on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram: @hullurbanopera