Sunday 13th October 2013 at 2.30 pm

"Rend with songs the air above"

Professional Celebrity concert by
John Savournin (baritone)
accompanied at the piano by
David Eaton.

Many of us have enjoyed John's fine voice and acting skills at Buxton.
Professional engagements permitting.

Admission: members £5, visitors £7.


The Harold Sumner meeting.



John Savournin David Eaton
John Savournin David Eaton


John Savournin has been growing in fame over recent years, first by forming the Charles Court Opera group and this year playing in the Scottish Opera/D'Oyly Carte's production of 'The Pirates of Penzance' as well as directing a totally different professional version of 'The Pirates' at the Buxton G&S Festival.

In this concert John gave a superb performance with David Eaton at the piano, taking some of the well known songs out of the comic operas, but also adding some less familiar ballads as well as two lost songs from 'The Yeomen of the Guard'; A Laughing Boy and Jealous Torments.  A few patter songs were thrown in for good measure.

John's wide register and velvety tone of voice was not the only pleasure he gave the audience. The songs were delivered with fresh meaning and David Eaton responded  by teasing out some of Sullivan's elegant phrases in the music and skilfully adding changes in dynamics to freshen up material which is usually played 'a tempo'.  John, a fine performer, added that luxury, 'excellent diction', even in the tongue-twisting patter songs of which the Lord Chancellor's Nightmare song was sung superbly.

We wish him well for his future successes.

Raymond Walker


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