Launceston's EsqueOpera plans Tasmanian show as a musical gift

GIFT OF MUSIC: Artists Priscilla Aldridge, founder Benjamin Martin, Tamsyn Stock-Stafford, Gerard Lane and Lynda Jessup will be guest soloists at the latest EsqueOpera performance. Picture: Phillip Biggs
GIFT OF MUSIC: Artists Priscilla Aldridge, founder Benjamin Martin, Tamsyn Stock-Stafford, Gerard Lane and Lynda Jessup will be guest soloists at the latest EsqueOpera performance. Picture: Phillip Biggs

EsqueOpera will use spiritual inspiration for its next performance.

Ave Maria, The Holy City and The Nun’s Chorus will all feature in the concert to be beld at Holy Trinity Church in Launceston on April 22.

Founder Benjamin Martin said it also would have a “sacred flavour” as the concert was held within weeks of Easter.

Several guest Tasmanian soloists will be accompanied by the EsqueOperaChorus, violinist Alexandra Harris and pianist Lynda Jessup for The Gift of Music concert.

“They’re going to enjoy a lovely afternoon of easy listening music,” Martin said.

“The acoustics of a church are made for singing.”

Often musicians, many of whom Martin knew, travelled the nation for their career before retiring for a quieter life in Tasmania.

Tamsyn Stock-Stafford, Lynda Jessup, Gerard Lane, Priscilla Aldridge and Benjamin Martin. Picture: Phillip Biggs

Tamsyn Stock-Stafford, Lynda Jessup, Gerard Lane, Priscilla Aldridge and Benjamin Martin. Picture: Phillip Biggs

They were quite accommodating when he then asked whether they would be a guest soloist for EsqueOpera, he said.

Plans have started for Esque Opera to hold its first opera, although it could still take two years to come together, Martin said.

Tickets for the concert will be available from Launceston Precision Jewellers or at the door for $20.

Singing starts about 2pm and the performance will be followed by afternoon tea and mingling with the performers.