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Second Sunday Series - Purcell & Britten (feat. Mark Donnelly, Mark De Silva & Stephen Smith)
Roedde House Museum
Vancouver, BC
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This event is now closed. Please join us for the next concert in the Second Sunday Series at Roedde House taking place on Sunday June 8th featuring the Albanacus Trio.


Second Sunday Series - Purcell & Britten (feat. Mark Donnelly, Mark De Silva & Stephen Smith)
Britten & Purcell:  Canticles, Sonnets & Songs

Join us for an afternoon of classical music at the Roedde House. Two of the world's finest composers of vocal music are without doubt the Englishmen Benjamin Britten (whose centenary was celebrated last year), and his great predecessor and inspiration, Henry Purcell, who flourished 300 years earlier. On May 11th, two of BC's finest singers present a programme of songs, both sacred and secular, by these two masters - including a rarely-heard and intensely dramatic setting for tenor and countertenor of the biblical story of Abraham and Isaac, composed by Britten in 1951.  

Mark Donnelly, countertenor

Mark Donnelly began his singing career as a chorister at St. Matthew's Church in Ottawa, his home city. Undergraduate and master's level musical studies took him to McGill, the University of Ottawa, and UBC; and since 2012 he has been a student of Nancy Argenta at the Victoria Conservatory of Music. Prior to  pursuing his singing career full-time, Mark spent time in Africa where he focussed on several international humanitarian projects. He is also a keen sportsman and won his division in a recent half-marathon.

Mark De Silva, tenor

Mark De Silva received his early musical training in violin and voice in Malaysia and England. Since moving to Vancouver, he has performed with many of the city's finest ensembles, including Laudate, the Vancouver Cantata Singers, Amicus Duo, Borealis String Quartet, and the Turning Point Ensemble. He has performed, toured, and recorded extensively with the Vancouver Chamber Choir, and has appeared as soloist with the Victoria Philharmonic Choir, Vancouver Bach Choir, Richmond Chorus, and Vancouver Voices, with whom he sang the tenor roles in Bach's St. Matthew and St. John Passions and the Mass in B Minor.

Stephen Smith, pianist

Stephen Smith grew up in rural Nova Scotia, where he sang and played the piano from an early age. After initial studies in his home province in both piano and organ, he attended the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, England, and while there he participated in national and international competitions, winning numerous awards and distinctions. Since 1990, Stephen has lived in Vancouver, obtaining his doctoral degree in piano performance from UBC and contributing to the musical life of the city as a soloist, chamber musician, accompanist, teacher, conductor, and composer.

This concert is part of a monthly concert series, taking place on the 2nd Sunday of each month, in the afternoon. Come at 1pm, for Tea and Tour before the concert (included in the price of the ticket), or show up right before 3pm for the concert, at your convenience. The show starts at 3pm sharp, don't be late!

There is a parking lot at the Empire Landmark Hotel (Robson & Broughton) or street parking on Robson and in the West End.
Parking spots are scarce in the neighbourhood, so give yourself some extra time or use public transportation. (Closest Skytrain station: Burrard. We are on the #5 Robson bus route).

**This concert series would not be possible without the generous support of private donors, as well as of the McGrane Pearson Endowment Fund**

6 ticket passes are available for $50 (valid through all 2014 Second Sunday concerts) here: well as season passes ($100):



Roedde House Museum (View)
1415 Barclay st
Vancouver, BC V6G 1J6



Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


Owner: Roedde House Museum
On BPT Since: Dec 12, 2012
Roedde House Museum

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