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Storytelling workshop and vocal concert wrap up Surbiton Salons’ five-day online music festival

Storytelling workshop and vocal concert wrap up Surbiton Salons’ five-day online music festival

On the bill today (Sunday) for Surbiton Salons’ final feast of music and performance in its five-day summer event, will be top-flight singers, an internationally-acclaimed vocal ensemble and a workshop on storytelling. The Salons, which would have taken place at the cornerHOUSE arts centre in Douglas Road, Surbiton, moved online this year because of the

On the bill today (Sunday) for Surbiton Salons’ final feast of music and performance in its five-day summer event, will be top-flight singers, an internationally-acclaimed vocal ensemble and a workshop on storytelling.

The Salons, which would have taken place at the cornerHOUSE arts centre in Douglas Road, Surbiton, moved online this year because of the government’s restrictions on live performance.

Its concerts, recitals of early music, and workshops are available on its YouTube channel (link on the Salons’ website at www.surbitonsalons.com) for up to a week after they have been posted.

Kicking off the last of the activities in the five-day programme will be steampunk storyteller Belinda McKenna who will lead an oral storytelling workshop for complete beginners on Zoom at 11am. Email info@surbitonsalons.com to sign up for this live workshop and to receive the Zoom link. Participants need to be 14+ and have good hearing and listening skills.

Then at 4pm, mezzo-soprano Catherine Backhouse, soprano Emily Barden and her choir the West Sussex Singers, actress and singer Anne-Marie Piazza, and internationally-acclaimed vocal ensemble Apollo5 will perform a Vocalists’ Concert.

The Salons’ programme is free to view but donations to support the event, and the cornerHOUSE which has been dark for live performance since lockdown, will be welcome.

Details on how to donate will be available with each video or by using the donate button on the Salons’ website.

“While the team at Surbiton Salons were heartbroken back in May to have to cancel the live festival, we are absolutely over the moon that – thanks to the generosity of artists past and present – we were able to offer an online festival this year,” said Charles MacDougall, the Salons’ artistic director.

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