As everywhere becomes carpeted in gold, Peter Kestner, accompanied by Julian Barber, sings "Autumn Leaves", recorded during the second English lockdown by his grandson, Arthur Sawyer.
Joseph Kozma, a Hungarian composer who spent much of his life in France writing film music, set Jacques Prévert's poem "Les Feuilles Mortes" to music in 1945. The English lyrics are by Johnny Mercer, who also gave it the title "Autumn Leaves" and made the first English-language recording in 1950.
Details of our 2020/2021 Season here
GET TO KNOW US
Welcome to St Albans Chamber Opera's 32nd season.
SACO was founded in 1987 by opera singer Phyl Swindlehurst and music director David Ireson to provide performing opportunities for the many talented singers living in and around St Albans, Hertfordshire, and to involve young people in performing and attending opera.
The company has a good reputation for providing first class music theatre on a small budget and is virtually self-supporting.
An annual production at the Abbey Theatre in the Spring is supplemented with studio performances, concerts and workshops in a variety of unusual and attractive venues.
SACO relies on the generosity of our supporters. There are two main ways in which you can show your support:
When you shop online, you can raise funds for SACO from your favourite online shops by shopping via The Giving Machine who will donate a small percentage of the amount you spend to SACO. It does not cost you anything, but every penny we raise helps us with our next production.
Click here to find out more about The Giving Machine.
SACO also has an active group of Friends and Patrons who, through a monthly donation, make a valuable contribution to the company. If you are a UK taxpayer, your donation may also be gift-aided, which helps even more.
In return, you will be the first to hear about our events, and receive a discount voucher for our Spring production.