Sir Charles Mackerras didn’t have the happiest of times as ENO’s music director – in charge from 1970 to 77 – but time heals most wounds, and he was happy enough to go back and conduct there as a guest in later years. So, a year after his death, the Coliseum is staging a grand gala night to remember him. Fondly.
It will be on 26 June at 7pm and feature some of ENO’s most illustrious stars like John Tomlinson, Felicity Palmer and Yvonne Kenny, alongside a cavalcade of music directors past and present: Edward Gardner, Mark Elder, and Paul Daniel.
The repertoire will, reasonably enough, reflect Mackerras’s interests: Mozart, Handel, Janacek, Gilbert & Sullivan…and of course some Britten.
Proceeds will go to the ENO Benevolent Fund.