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Premiere of Aurora to start the 2019 Season

Oct 30, 2018

After the success of Mad King Suibhne in 2017, it was only a matter of time before John Coke and Suzanne Lemieux commissioned a second opera from Noah Mosley. Aurora premieres on 21 February with a second performance on 23 February.
With a libretto by Elisabetta Campeti, the opera is based on a Northern Italian Folk Story. Aurora is a Princess who appears to have everything. However, like her late mother, she suffers from a mysterious 'illness of the night'. The opera is the story of her recovery. This is an uplifting work of self and spiritual awakening, featuring King and Princes, a Wild Woman, courtesans, spirits of Nature and full chorus. Aurora is Noah Mosley's first three Act opera and with Aylin Bozok directing, we think you will be enraptured.

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Meet the Cast of The Turn of the Screw

Oct 24, 2018

We are delighted to be presenting Benjamin Britten's brilliant psychological thriller to close our 2019 season. The Turn of the Screw is ideally suited to our intimate venue and we believe we have the potential to stage a definitive version of this opera. Please read on to meet the four principals.

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Nadine Benjamin at ENO

Oct 17, 2018

Nadine Benjamin (Dido, 2010) made her debut at English National Opera on 11 October as Clara in Gershwin's Porgy and Bess. The Times wrote 'Nadine Benjamin's Summertime was one of the loveliest I've heard' and The Gaurdian gave the opera a resounding 4 Stars - to read the full review please copy and paste this link

Photo Credit: Devon Cass

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Ella Marchment nominated for prestigious award

Sep 26, 2018

Director and Impresario Ella Marchment has been nominated for a Women of the Future Award for her work as founder of Helios Collective and SWAP'ra. The results will be announced on 18th November. Read more

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Booking is open for the 2018 Autumn Concert in association with Kirker Holidays

Jul 18, 2018

As one of the leading British saxophone quartets, the Ferio has received enthusiastic reactions from audiences and critics alike. We are delighted to be welcoming them to Bury Court for the first time on 16 October for the second of our Autumn Concerts in association with Kirker Holidays. The programme includes, inter alia, Bernstein, Gershwin, Glenn Miller, Bizet and Handel...the Ferio are renowned for their own arrangements...expect the highly entertaining unexpected!

Tickets are are just £55.00 and include your drinks and a light supper. Seating is 'cabaret-style' and we can accommodate parties up to 12. If you are fewer than four, you will be on a shared table. To book call Kirker on 020 7593 2281 or email

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"...It's a cracker!" So says What'sOnStage in their 4-Star Review of Giulio Cesare which finished on 17 March

Mar 22, 2018

Mark Valencia was full of praise for our 2018 production. Here are just a few extracts.

"Cast from strength and conducted by Dane Lam with dynamic elegance. Camarata Alma Viva...coloured Handel's rich score with verve, imagination and confident aplomb."

Marie Lys as Cleopatra: "...shimmered in the role, not just in her resplendent costumes but also through her vocal dexterity and care for characterisation..."

Helen Sherman gave: "...a powerfully wrought account of the title role. Her Cesare suffered, loved, was moved to anger and delivered to joy in a beautifully sustained performance."

For Mark Valencia's full review go to:

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“A minor miracle...” Plays To See give Giulio Cesare 4-Stars

Mar 21, 2018

Owen Davies of Plays to See absolutely loved the production. Here are some extracts from his review:

"Bury Court have conjured up a minor miracle with a production of Giulio Cesare that does full justice to one of Handel's finest operas.£

"...a piece of music theatre that grips and delights for the entire evening."

"Baroque opera makes huge demands on the style and stamina of singers and the team of young performers at Bury Court are simply superb."

To read the full review please go to

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Dane Lam nominated for prestigious award

Feb 02, 2018

Congratulations to our 2018 Conductor, Dane Lam, pictured, who has been nominated '2018 Best Newcomer' in the International Opera Awards. He is in illustrious company and delighted to have been nominated. The International Opera Awards were founded in 2012 to celebrate excellence in opera around the world, to raise the profile of opera as an art form and to reward excellence and talent.
In addition, the International Opera Awards Foundation supports emerging talent through bursaries.
With just a few weeks to go until the opening night of our new production of Giulio Cesare on 8 March if you haven't already secured your tickets, it is not too late...there are still seats available on most nights. Check out our bookings page or call the Box Office on 01420520333.

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The 2018 Publicity Flyer

Dec 07, 2017

Thank you to our graphic designer Rachel Kaufman for designing this beautiful flyer. And thank you to The Gerald Coke Handel Collection for allowing us to use the image from the title-page of the 1724 first edition of Giulio Cesare. (See the news item below.)

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Inspired by Handel

Dec 06, 2017

Every year we rack our creative brains for an imaginative and eye-catching 'Flyer' to promote our operas and we are delighted that so many people have commented on the result. (See the news item above.) In fact, we have had so many positive comments about the image for Giulio Cesare that we thought we would tell you a little bit about it. It is based on the title-page of the first edition of Giulio Cesare, published in 1724. It was advertised as 'Curiously engraved on Copper Plates Corrected and Figur'd by Mr Handel's own hands'.

The first edition was part of the original collection of Gerald Coke (BCO co-founder John Coke's father), now held in the Gerald Coke Handel Collection at The Foundling Museum in London. Graphic designer Rachel Kaufman loved the idea of adding colour to the print - representing Egyptian desert and edged in 'warrior' red. We particularly like the extension of the angels wings ... gently updating the image for a modern viewer.

Pictured is the original

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