200 Children ‘Fludde’ to Gloucester Cathedral in honour of Benjamin Britten

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On October 19-20, over 200 children will take to the stage at Gloucester Cathedral to participate in a performance of Benjamin Britten’s best-loved musical, Noye’s Fludde.

Britten had a particular interest in giving young people the opportunity to work with musicians of the highest standard, and in 1958 he composed Noye’s Fludde, or Noah’s Flood, a dramatic opera based on the biblical mystery of the Ark. It was written in a way that allows all members of the community to take part, amateur and professional, and has roles not only for many children, but also for the audience, who are asked to sing vigorously at certain points in the play.

The project was developed in partnership with the English Symphony Orchestra (ESO) to give local children and teenagers the opportunity to collaborate with professional musicians in the grand setting of the Cathedral. It was made possible through the support of the Friends of Gloucester Cathedral, the Honourable Company of Gloucestershire and the Helena Oldacre Trust.

Adrian Partington, the cathedral’s Director of Music, will conduct, and the parts of God and Mr. and Mrs. Noah are performed by professional singers. An orchestra comprised of young players from Gloucester Youth Orchestra will be supported by ESO musicians. Alongside them, 150 primary school children will join the Cathedral Junior Choir to play all the different species of animals “going in two by two”.

The Very Reverend Stephen Lake, Dean of Gloucester, said: “The Cathedral is committed to giving young people opportunities to get involved with music, and Noye’s Fludde fully celebrates this idea. It promises to be a memorable event for everyone involved.”

The performances will form part of the Cathedral’s Festival of Britten to mark the centenary of the composer’s birth.


Tickets are available for £10 from: www.gloucestercathedral.org.uk

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You can also purchase tickets from the Cathedral gift shop or on the door on the nights of the performances.