NOYE'S FLUDDLE, BY BENJAMIN BRITTEN

Issue date: 14 October 2003


ISSUE DATE: 14/10/03

Bristol Cathedral on the 22, 23, 24 and 25 of October

Final preparations are now underway for UWE’s production of Noyes Fludde, which will involve 180 primary school children from Bristol, as well as professional singers, UWE students, choristers from Bristol Cathedral and students from the Old Vic Theatre School.

The children will take part in two live performances in Bristol Cathedral wearing the animal masks they made at a special workshop held at UWE in September. After the production the children will be able to keep their masks as a memento of the experience.

Bristol Prison has constructed the ark, which will be used in the performance according to a design by the opera director, John Cousins.

The soloists are:
Maggie Small as Mrs Noye. Maggie is a soloist with many choral societies and sings with opera companies in Swansea and Burry Port.
Niall Hoskin plays Noye. As well as his theatrical and musical performances, Niall works as a languages teacher at Bristol Cathedral School.
Adam Farr, a second year at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, plays the part of God.

The conductor is Peter Stark, an honorary doctor of the University of the West of England, and Senior Fellow of Conducting and Orchestral Studies at Trinity College of Music. For many years he conducted the County of Avon Schools’ Orchestra and he has worked with many of the finest orchestras and soloists.

The show’s producers are Ruth Snary and Ian Holmes.

The children appearing in the opera have been recruited from six schools to represent the animals that go into the ark.

Tickets £8 and £4 concessions are available from Bristol Cathedral Box Office, tel 0117 946 8183 (Mon-Fri 10.00-13.00, and 14.15-16.00) or UWE tel 0117 344 2067, e mail cpa@uwe.ac.uk, www.uwe.ac.uk/cpa

-ENDS-

Editor’s notes

The children will take part in a final rehearsal on the afternoon of 21 October (for Wednesday 22 and Friday 24 shows) and on the afternoon of 22 October (for the Thursday 23 and Saturday 25 shows).

The schools are involved in the performances as follows:

Wednesday 22 and Friday 24 October – Horfield church of England Primary, Dunmail Primary, Romney Avenue Junior, Henleaze Junior.

Thursday 23 and Saturday 25 October Colston’s Primary, Sefton Park Junior, Henleaze Junior.

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