HSO back on the Isle of Wight

Hatstand Opera are back on the Isle of Wight tomorrow (Sat 21 April) for a great evening of opera highlights as part of the Isle of Arts festival in Ventnor.

It’s going to be a nostalgic trip for Hatstand’s director Kirsty, whose family had a holiday home in Ryde on the Island for many years.

“I have fond memories of making the journey from Winchester to Southampton to catch the ferry in a car stuffed to the gunnels with swim gear, deckchairs, wellies, fishing gear, and everything else required for the annual two weeks’ summer holiday with the cousins, include two canoes strapped to the roof rack. (Much like travelling with all the Hatstand gear, except think piano, frocks, heels and props – and no canoes.)

The holiday really started when we got on the ferry, carrying our grouchy old dachshund up the steep stairs from the car deck so he could stand on top deck and bark at the seagulls! Once we passed the Solent lightbouy, it was time for a drink, including a pot of tea for Grandma and a Hubbly Bubbly soft drink for me (anyone else remember those?)  Nothing was wasted, as the dachshund got the tea dregs, complete with tea leaves, which he loved!

Finally, we’d see Cowes in the distance, and the excitement of slipping past the yachts before driving gingerly up the ramp without bumping the tailgate!

So, if you’re on Southampton Water tomorrow, and see a very excited mezzo on the 2pm Red Funnel ferry from Southampton munching a toasted teacake, give me a wave!”

And if you’re on the Isle of Wight, we still have some tickets left for the show at St Catherine’s Church in Ventnor – 7.30pm start.