Sir John In Love

April 30, 2015 — 40 Comments

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 responses to Sir John In Love


    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 !!!


      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


    Charlotte, good for you! Cute images, too. You are really rocking your profession these days.


      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


    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.


      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


    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


    Falling in love with your blog from as far as the internet (across the pond)! 😉


    All best wishes for this production, Charlotte! From your pics, I’m sure you’ll have fun. 😉


    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! 😘


    Thanks for reminding me of the music of Vaughan Williams. His music is beyond magical. And thanks for teaching me something new… again!


    I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: have fun! 🙂

    Annette Rochelle Aben May 1, 2015 at 2:06 pm

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


      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


    You look good with that old hair style and the deep red color lipstick.


    This does sound wonderful!


    Congrats for all you have accomplished and continue to do. Have a wonderful time doing what you love! xo


    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.


    Ah, my very favorite English classical composer. Sounds like a treat to sing for Mr. Williams.


    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. 😀


    I don’t think I have ever heard this all through. You look spectacular!


      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


    This should be really great!


    Best of luck, Charlotte!

    Shakespeare + singing–you couldn’t possibly get any better than that!

    Best regards,


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