February 7, 2013
Armadadrama is a musical drama commissioned from David Haines and first performed in 1987/88 by Yealmpton Youthspring to commemorate the defeat of the Spanish Armada 400 years earlier. It has been performed locally many times since then, including at the King’s Lynn Festival. Most recently it was performed three times in this form by TYKES an award-winning Teignmouth-based Youth Theatre Company on Teignmouth beach in the summer of 2011, in a memorable production sponsored by the BBC. Prompted by this al fresco production, David recomposed the work as a cantata with fully-harmonised arrangements for SATB chorus and solo voices.
This new arrangement was premiered in the magnificent Great Barn at Buckland Abbey (Sir Francis Drake’s home) in September 2012, with a further performance at Ivybridge Community College the following month.
The first performance of this year, however, will be as part of Teignmouth’s inaugural Classical Music Festival on the evening of Saturday 23rd March at St Michael’s Church on the seafront.
Supported by funding from The Helen Foundation, David will work with a group of 10-20 children to write a song about some aspect of Tudor life and will then arrange the song for choir and piano. This song and the existing two songs will then be performed prior to Armadadrama. A further performance takes place in July at Mamhead Church and David will work with with Kenton Primary School to create their own song for this performance.
The Helen Foundation is delighted to support this re-launch of Armadadrama. David has real skill in working with young people to help them create their own songs.