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2013 is the centenary of Benjamin Britten's birth, and we are grateful for generous support from the Britten-Pears Foundation and the Harpenden Music Foundation for this exciting community project, profits from which will go to charity.

The opera recounts the biblical story of Noah, the flood, and the building of the ark, and will draw nearly entirely on the wide variety of talent and accomplishment from our community - primary and secondary school pupils, and older amateurs and professionals - to sing, play, and help with publicity, costumes, props and set building etc. The orchestra comprises a piano, strings, bugles, recorders, 12 handbells, much percussion - including slung mugs and a wind machine - and the audience can look forward to participating in three well-known hymns.

Local professional musicians Miles Golding and Catherine Denley are co-producing the opera. They have organised several succesful community events over the past few years, and have long harboured a wish to perform this wonderful opera; the Britten centenary was an ideal catalyst. Catherine will co-direct with Bernadette Stewart, an experienced actress and dramaturg, who teaches drama at Aldwickbury School.

This website was launched on Dec 15 2012. You can find some information about us here.

Here are some some photographs of the preparations.

More photographs were added on May 1 on Page 2.

And yet more on May 27 here on Page 3

A blog was added on Dec 18 ......

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