Preview: Los Ladrones at The Elms, Bedhampton

Tuesday 16th May 2023 at 7.30 pm.

Los Ladrones (est. 2013) is a local vocal quintet comprising Jane Marett, soprano; Irene Cooksey, mezzo soprano; Simon Cooksey, tenor; John Butt, baritone and Michael Powell, bass-baritone. It is directed by Geoffrey Porter with Nigel Smith, piano and Marion Porter, narrator.

At The Elms they present The Spectre Knight (1878) and The Miller and His Man (1873), together with a duet and a quartet in aid of The Manor Trust.

The Spectre Knight is a curtain-raiser by James Albery and Alfred Cellier. The eccentric Grand Duke, with his daughter, Viola and the remains of his court has been banished and live in a lonely glen. The Duke’s nephew Otho arrives in disguise and eventually wins Viola’s heart, finally telling her that he has just overthrown the usurper of her father’s throne. The Duke consents to Otho’s union with Viola, and all ends happily.

After the interval, Jane and Irene sing a duet from Sullivan’s Haddon Hall, then four sailors sing a quartet from A Princess in Kensington by Edward German.

The Miller and His Man has songs by Arthur Sullivan and is described as ‘a drawing-room extravaganza’. Rarely performed, it is rather like a pantomime and is great fun.

Geoff Porter

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