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Noye's Fludde

Britten 100

Britten 100

Benjamin Britten 1913 - 1976

 

Official DVD of Noye's Fludde is now available priced £5

produced by Sparky Media who produced last years Anthem.


Noye's Fludde DVD

 

 

 

 

The Southend Boys’ and Southend Girls’ Choirs were awarded a significant grant by Arts Council England in 2013 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, enabled 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 was an ambitious project.

 

The production was staged in a 1950s style to evoke the era of the devastating floods which affected the East coast 60 years ago.  Britten’s own house in Aldeburgh was damaged in the floods and he wrote Noye’s Fludde as a response to this disaster.

 

Children from local Southend primary schools took the parts of animals in the opera and more joined from Thurrock schools as the production moved up the Thames. Youth orchestras and music groups from across the Borough collaborated with members of the Britten Sinfonia to provide the music.

 

Helen Lax, Regional Director, East, Arts Council England, said: ‘It is wonderful to see children from Southend, and beyond, being given such a fantastic opportunity to get involved with and be inspired by Benjamin Britten’s work – particularly those who may not normally participate in the arts. This is a really ambitious and exciting project that we are delighted to be supporting through Grants for the arts.’

 

The first performance took place at St. Luke’s Church in Southend on 15th July 2013.

Noye's Fludde 

 

then the London Cruise Terminal in Tilbury was the venue for the Thurrock show which took place on 17th July

Noye's Fludde

 

and the final performance took place at Southwark Cathedral. London on Friday 19th July.

Noye's Fludde

 

Southwark Cathedral was the first place Noye’s Fludde was performed after its premiere in Aldeburgh in 1958, and this special performance was be conducted by Jonathan Willcocks.

In addition a special preview of the production was givens at Village Green in Chalkwell Park, Southend on Saturday 13th July.

  

Noye's Fludde

 first performance of "Noye's Fludde" at Southwark Cathedral.


Performance Dates:

Monday 15th July, 6.30pm & 8.15pm - St Luke's Church, St Lukes Road, Southend on Sea, Essex, SS2 4AB

Wednesday 17th July, 7.30 p.m. - London Cruise Terminal, Tilbury, Essex RM18 7NG

Friday 19th July, 7.30pm - Southwark Cathedral, London Bridge, London SE1 9DA

 

Britten Pears Foundation  Arts Council of England  FSJ Final Logo  Pinpoint Create

Project also supported by

Britten Pears Foundation

Arts Council England

ROSCA Trust

Glossop Family Trust

David Willcocks Music Trust

Essex Community Foundation

John Lewis Partnership Music Matters Scheme

Pinpoint Create

Fowler Smith & Jones Trust

St Luke's Church, Southend on Sea

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