Simon Keenlyside – staying at home
Grange Park Opera online – 18 June 2020
From Grange Park Opera’s website:
“…Having, sadly, lost the 2020 Season we’ve created a Found Season. It’s new work from 45+ artists being filmed on our stage in Surrey. There are 15 exciting performances free to view online – released over six weeks from 4 June. We want to remain close to the Grange Park Opera family. And this is a unique opportunity to share music’s magic far and wide. Welcome to the 2020 Found Season…”
Simon created a wonderful musical tour of his home in Wales which was video streamed on 18 June as part of Grange Park Opera’s 2020 Found Season.
APRIL 2021 UPDATE: SIMON KEENLYSIDE RETURNS TO NATURE
Simon returned to his Welsh farm in April 2021 after the third UK lockdown and posted this lovely short video on Grange Park Opera’s YouTube channel:
APRIL 2021: SIMON BY THE SEA
The latest addition to Grange Park Opera’s YouTube videos is this short film of Simon discussing the marine life to be found on his local Welsh beach.
“….Stripped of the sophistication of the opera house, we experience directly the purity of Keenlyside’s perfectly honed baritone. It sounds effortlessly natural, as he sings and talks his way through the flora and fauna of his farm in Wales, delivering a whimsical lesson in natural and musical lore.
Reunited with the nature he misses when touring the world, Keenlyside tells us he is singing Schubert’s anthem to the art of music without any sense of melancholy. It’s so fulfilling and grateful, I’m willing to believe what, particularly at the moment, is an impressive claim….”