June 19, 2013
This week the Helen Foundation is proud to be among those organisations and charities that helped fund Britten’s “Noyes Fludde” ( =Noah’s Flood) as the performance goes live in Shaldon Festival for packed audiences.
To mark the centenary of Benjamin Britten’s birth on 22 November 2013, this year’s Shaldon Festival will open with his community opera Noye’s Fludde, directed by Tony Lidington.
The opera, based on the Chester Miracle Play, will feature around 100 children from Dawlish, Hazeldown, Shaldon, Stoke, TCS, & OLSP schools all combine to support renowned,professional adult soloists. Drawn from all 6 schools, 18 young players join the orchestra of the top youth musicians from the world-renowned Chetham’s School of Music, Manchester, under the direction of Stephen Threlfall – who came up with the idea of this giant production in Shaldon to celebrate the 2013 centenary of Britten’s birth.
The audience also gets the opportunity to participate in three hymn settings. To encourage the fullest participation by the audience, the first half hour following the start of the performance will be used to rehearse these audience items. The audience is asked to make sure they take their seats before 7.00pm, as it will be particularly difficult to seat late arrivals once the audience rehearsal has started.
Our local youngsters take some of the solo characters, as well as singing in the choruses of animals & birds, and of Mrs Noah’s gossips.
It is going to be a THRILLING DELUGE of FUN and DELIGHT. The Helen Foundation wishes everyone involved a wonderful few days of discovery. And, yes, let it RAIN!!!!
Date: Thursday 20 June 2013
Start Time: 7.00pm
Host Organisation: Shaldon Festival
St Peter’s Church, Bridge Road
Devon, TQ14 0DB
Please note: This event has sold out.
More information is available on the Shaldon Festival website.