King Arthur comes to Burnie in April 2013

Friday, 12 April 2013

The Evandale Village Singers will present Henry Purcell’s King Arthur at the Burnie Regional Art Gallery on Sunday 21 April 2013 at 2pm, as part of the Gallery’s arts UNEARTHED program.

Henry Purcell’s King Arthur is a semi-opera which is believed to have been first performed in 1691. The plot is based on the battle between King Arthur’s Britons and the Saxons.

Deputy Mayor Sandra French said, “We are excited that the Evandale Village Singers are performing Henry Purcell’s King Arthur in Burnie. This show is full of the most delightful tunes and is rarely performed which makes this performance extra special.”

The Evandale Village Singers, under the baton of Jane Ellis, will bring this beautiful work and music to life in a stunning concert performance featuring over 30 singers and orchestral players.

Lovers of early music are truly in for a treat as the performance stars professional singers Diana Briffa, David Butler and Michaela Young. Diana Briffa has been a soloist with both the Victorian Opera and Opera Australia and is guaranteed to thrill audiences.

Other soloists include Duncan Cooke, and Greg Leong who returns to Burnie to narrate this tale from the Arthurian Legend. You can also hear Greg sing in the Gallery once again, as the Third Saxon!

Burnie Arts & Function Centre Director, Geoff Dobson said, “It is wonderful having King Arthur as another fantastic performance in our arts UNEARTHED program. The program provides access to quality arts experiences for the community through audience development activities, workshops and opportunities to exhibit and perform.”  

MMG is a proud partner of the Burnie Arts & Function Centre and Burnie Regional Art Gallery's arts UNEARTHED.

For ticket information, please contact the box office 6430 5850 (Mon - Fri. 9am - 5pm) or visit

For further information please contact

Libby Dobson
Communications Officer
Burnie City Council
(03) 6430 5716 or 0448 568 728