Tuesday, September 2, 2008


Bedfordshire Youth Opera is performing Bizet's exciting Opera Carmen all this week at the new University of Bedfordshire Theatre in Bedford. BYO has trained young singers for 25 years and produced some of the UK's finest opera talent. It is part of Bedfordshire Music a Bedfordshire County Council partnership with Bedfordshire Music Trust which develops musical talent in Bedfordshire and has several fine orchestras,ensembles and choirs(www.Bedfordshire.gov.uk/Bedfordshire Music)

I am Vice Chairman of the Bedfordshire Music Partnership Board and attended the first night of Carmen with a young music teacher. We were stunned and delighted at the high quality of the performance, especially the soloists Rosie Middleton as flirtatious Carmen and Matthew Kimble as Don Jose. Carmen transports the audience to a world of Spanish gypsies, soldiers, bullfighters and smugglers and is a tragic love story filled with famous tunes such as the Toreador and Habanera. If you have a free evening this week, why not call Bedfordshire Music on 01234 276120 and enjoy superb singing, acting and musicianship in Bedford for a modest price.

Bedfordshire Music runs 5 Saturday morning Music Centres at Ampthill, Bedford, Biggleswade, Dunstable and Leighton Buzzard with a huge range of music classes for all ages from 6 - 106. Why not drop in on Saturday 13 September to have a look?


Elizabeth Cordell said...

Lynne, (if I may) why have you not yet written about the US elections and the selection of Sarah Palin? You surprise me!

Are you not interested in US politics? As from your blog you come across as an extremely well educated and widely read woman, who takes a great deal of interest in the 'bigger picture.'

As an avid follower of your blog from the other side of the pond - although I was born in nearby Biddenham, just outside of Bedford - I have lived in NY State since 1993 and find your posts remind me of home - I would be interested to know your thoughts on the US elections, particularly the prospect of a woman being the second most powerful person on the planet.

Surely you would welcome the arrival of Palin onto the political scene? Why are Conservative women not backing her more?

Elizabeth Cordell, formerly of Biddenham, UK, now of NY State.

Cllr Lynne Faulkner said...

Hi Elizabeth

Yes I am interested in US politics and am currently reading Barack Obama's interesting book 'The Audacity of Hope'. My brother lives in Richmond, Va and is non-politicial but is a Republican supporter.

I will do a blog on US08 as I do welcome the selection Sarah Palin but only if she has the political talent not because she is a woman.

I did not support Hillary Clinton because she is a 'cold fish' too strongly influenced by Bill and she expected to be elected mainly because of her gender.