Monthly Archives: May 2011

Foley and Hepburn

Sunday, 15th May, Jack Foley and Franz Hepburn will be performing for the first time together in Nassau, The Bahamas at the Art & Opera Evening. They have been personally invited by Patricia Oakes Leigh-Wood, the granddaughter of Sir Harry Oakes, to sing at this special evening. It is the first opera evening of its kind to take place at Jacaranda House and with talent like Foley and Hepburn it is an evening not to be missed.

Jack Foley & Franz Hepburn

Jack Foley is a tenor from Durham and Franz Hepburn a bass-baritone from The Bahamas. The vocal duo met while studying on the Opera Course at Morley College in London ten years ago. Morley’s Music Department is highly regarded around the world for delivering quality music training. Many notable composers have worked there including Gustav Holst, Sir Michael Tippett, Ralph Vaughn Williams and John Gardner.
In 2002, they both auditioned for Operatunity which was a unqiue collaboration between English National Opera and Channel 4 to conduct a nation-wide search to find someone to sing in Rigoletto (an opera by Verdi) on the stage at the London Coliseum. Jack was a semi-finalist and Franz a finalist on this award winning programme which aired in 2003. The four- part series went on to win – the Royal Philharmonic Society RPS Music Award, Bafta Television Craft Award, Prix Italia, Broadcast Award, Royal Television Society Programme Award among others.

Jack and Franz have sung previously in other vocal groups and have performed in concert together in Worthing, Chelmsford, Headingley, Hampton Court and Peterborough. After embarking on different journeys three years ago, the pair met up in July 2009 and started singing two months later when they realised that they had similar interests as it relates to bringing music into the lives of the sick and elderly. After a year now, the journey has been quite extraordinary with an overwhelming support from the public and many rewarding experiences.

Their repertoire can be defined as popular classical music, but Jack and Franz see as their main mission to inspire and encourage people through music. As music plays such a pivotal role in our lives, their aim is to use their voices to help others.

In 2011, Jack and Franz will do a mixture of UK and international concerts, corporate events, product launches and some outdoor performances in towns / city centres to support various UK charities.

Foley & Hepburn

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Art and Opera Evening

Sunday 15th May, 2011

An exciting evening of Art & Music Event at the historical colonial house, Jacaranda in Nassau.

Come along and listen to stunning music and opera by Nassau’s own Bahamian opera singer, Franz Hepburn in concert with Jack Foley. They will be performing works from Carmina Burana, Phantom of the Opera, Showboat, West Side Story and many more. Arrive before the concert starts to have a look a a selection of Lynn Parotti’s art from her current collection.

It will be a wonderful evening of brilliant music & art, good food and great company.

Schedule of events:

6 pm – Paintings on exhibit by Lynn Parotti
7pm Concert starts Singers Nassau’s own Franz Hepburn in concert with Jack Foley.
7:30 Intermission and dinner is served
8:10 concert resumes

$150 each to include dinner and a bottle of wine

For tickets contact 1-242-322-2275 or email

Profits shared generously with the Bahamas Humane Society.

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Welcome to the Jacaranda Blog

The Jacaranda House, Nassau Blog

We are very excited to announce the launch of The Jacaranda House, Nassau Blog. This is where you can stay up-to-date with all the news on events happening at the historical property and the restoration project. It is a very exciting project and we are looking forward to soon inviting you all to the grand opening of The Jacaranda House. Until then, please check out the blog for more information and articles on cultural events happening at the property.

Jacaranda x x

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