I am involved in a rather exciting and unusual project this week – Noye’s Fludde with the Southend Boys and Girls Choir.
From the Southend Choir site:
The Southend Boys’ and Southend Girls’ Choirs have been awarded a significant grant by Arts Council England to help them celebrate the 100th birthday of Benjamin Britten with a large-scale production of Britten’s delightful children’s opera, Noye’s Fludde.
Benjamin Britten was the founder President of the Southend Boys’ Choir from 1970 until his death in 1976. It therefore very fitting for the Choir to celebrate his centenary with a production of one of his favourite operas for young people, Noye’s Fludde, the story of Noah and the Flood. Joining forces with the Southend Girls’ Choir, they will perform four shows of the opera in Southend, Thurrock and finally at Southwark Cathedral in July.
The investment, which was made through Arts Council England’s National Lottery-funded Grants for the arts scheme, will enable the Choirs to work with Essex-based creative arts organisation Pinpoint Create, professional singers and musicians and to produce the opera on a large scale. This is an ambitious project and all concerned are very excited at the prospect.
I am project managing the Thurrock end of things (appropriate since I live here) and I am looking forward to working at the London Cruise Terminal, Tilbury again. Working in Southwark Cathedral will also be very exciting – I used to work in Southwark and it is my favourite part of London. It will be novel being there with a huge number of children!
I am going to the Southend rehearsal and performance today so I can get a sense of scale, I have only been involved with my three Thurrock schools – all part of the Gateway Learning Community but they are a small part of the whole. Then I will be doing the get in tomorrow, rehearsals and performance Wednesday and then onto Southwark on Friday. A very busy, but exciting week!