What an amazing production! Months of hard work by teachers and professional artists working with over 80 young people from 6 Teignbridge schools resulted in a major community production promoted by The Shaldon Festival and supported by The Helen Foundation. 2013 is the centenary of one of Britain’s foremost 20th century composers, Benjamin Britten. To mark the occasion, Chetham’s School of Music are touring the country performing this opera specially written by Britten for community performance involving lots of young people, many of whom will never have performed publicly before. It is based on the story of Noah’s Flood with words from the 15th century Chester Mystery Plays. Led by Director Tony Lidington and Musical Director Stephen Threlfall, the performance was truly memorable. Young people rose magnificently to the musical and dramatic challenges of the opera and many regular Shaldon Festival goers rated it one of the best young people’s performances in the 25 year history of the Festival. Well done everyone – simply brilliant! Memories of this event will last a lifetime.
Photos courtesy of Ian Birdsey