Sir John In Love

Jessica , Me and Eva

The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland’s Opera for this term is ‘Sir John in Love’ by Ralph Vaughan Williams it is an opera in four acts based on Shakespeare’s ‘The Merry Wives of Windsor’. In the preface to the score Vaughan Williams stated his ‘chief object’ was ‘to fit this wonderful comedy with, I trust, not unpleasant music’.

Jessica Hurst and Eva Macfarlane in costume and ready to start

The opera premiered at the Royal College of Music in London in their ‘Parry Opera Theatre’ in 1929. The first professional performance was at Sadler’s Wells Theatre in Islington, London in 1946. It has also been performed in 1978 and 1988 at the Bronx Opera in New York City.

It is so much fun to be involved with the rehearsals. ( Photo reproduced with permission of  Gordon Munro )

It’s been a treat seeing the Opera and Master’s students rehearse and to be part of the ensemble. I’ve listened to ‘When Daisies Pied’ hundreds of times in music festivals but didn’t realise it was from this opera. ‘Greensleeves’ a traditional English folk song and tune also features in the musical score. Often people remark on the use of folk songs a genre of music that you know I love.

The performances start on Saturday 9th May with the final performance on Friday 15th May.

Hair and Makeup




40 thoughts on “Sir John In Love

  1. Thank you for sharing this Charlotte, bravo to be in this production, congratulations for all daily work you’re doing. A pleasure to see you so radiant. Congratulations and all the best to you !!!

    1. Merci, I’m so grateful to be learning about something I’m passionate about it’s been my dream to perform for a long time so I’m always happiest when I have the opportunity to.

      Best wishes

    1. I intend to go for it none stop 🙂 I’ve had the opportunity to speak to a couple of ladies that are professional singers recently and it was so enlightening.

      Best wishes

  2. Love the music of Vaughan Williams, and love opera, but have never heard of this, will try and listen to it. It was quite an important time for folk music during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, when composers (and others) went round their various countries, annotating and collecting tradition folk music, and using them in their music, or composing suits and dances. Enjoy it and best luck. blessings, Charles.

    1. Thank you Charles I appreciate your good luck and blessings, some of our soloists are in their final years of opera school it is a brilliant opportunity to hear them close up.

      Best wishes

  3. I wish you all the best with this next venture! I have never seen Sir John in Love performed but I have heard some of the music from it. RVW is a favourite of mine and my husband’s. We went with Elinor to see the RSC’s The Merry Wives of Windsor in Norwich a few years ago. Such a funny play! Best wishes, Clare xx

    1. Thank you Clare, I’ve never seen The Merry Wives of Windsor I like watching fun plays. Rehearsals today straight after the conference.

      Best wishes

  4. Wow! Love your hair! Reminds me of one of the characters out of ‘Dads Army’ . Good luck and best wishes for a great performance, I know you will all do a superb job! 😘

  5. Such a thrill to be able to share your world. Thank you and may this be the best weekend of your life thus far!

    1. Thank you Annette, I was really cram learning most of the weekend and on Monday night I was treated to a lovely meal by the NAMHE organisers, delicious, I ate so much :).

      Best wishes

  6. Such a treat it must be to see you sing ~ this looks like another great opportunity for you, great experience and mostly just a lot of fun doing what you love.

  7. Do you find that it elevates the depth of your performance when you get into hair and makeup? When I danced as a kid it always seemed to make a difference once I had on fringy or flowing costume. 😀

    1. Thanks Hilary, I’m several characters in the ensemble in this one so it involves changes of characteristics, clothing, hair which is fantastic.

      Best wishes

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