Escape the winter chill

A new show put on by Ludlow Assembly Rooms aims to beat the cold by transporting the audience to a heady afternoon in central Spain. A Spanish Hour, which takes place on Friday 7 December at 7.30pm in Ludlow’s St Laurence’s Church, follows the fortunes of a hardworking clockmaker as his wife negotiates her way through her collection of lovers. Ravel’s music is bursting with hummable melodies, lively habanera dances and other Spanish folk song elements to get audiences buzzing.

This is opera for everyone, featuring an outstanding cast of five young singers as well as four brilliant musicians, performing a new English translation by artistic director Richard Studer and a new arrangement of Ravel’s exotic score created by music director Jonathan Lyness. Baritone Nicholas Morton, singing Ramiro, who spends much of the show carrying people around in clock cases, says, “I love this piece! The role itself is really fun both musically and in terms of character… I’m going to have to spend quite a bit of time in the gym to look right for it though, which isn’t something I’ve had to do before!”

Visit ludlowassemblyrooms.co.uk for details – tickets are £20.50 (£19.50 concessions).

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