Noye’s Fludde

In July 2017, Nevill Holt Opera staged four performances of Britten’s Noye’s Fludde as the culmination of our 2017 summer festival. More than 1000 children participated in the workshops for our first major community project, and over 100 children performed in our final professional production.

In July 2017, Nevill Holt Opera staged four performances of Britten’s Noye’s Fludde as the culmination of our 2017 summer festival. More than 1000 children participated in the workshops for our first major community project, and over 100 children performed in our final professional production.

Noye’s Fludde

Outstanding quality and commitment to excellence

It is our belief that excellence inspires aspiration in young people, and that young people respond to arts experiences of quality and integrity. Our critically acclaimed production was directed by leading operatic professionals, including the Director of Opera at the Royal Opera House, and the children who participated worked at an equal standard to top professionals on stage beside them. Our feedback confirms that this inspired an ambitious and committed response from the children.

Our Noye’s Fludde project won the Award for ‘Best Event’ in the 2017 Leicestershire Tourism Awards, praised by the judges for its ‘excellence, accessibility, impact and legacy.

Over 1000 Children participated

Noye’s Fludde was written as an opera to be performed by professionals and amateurs together. NHO’s key aim in this project was to involve over 100 children in performing a production of the highest professional standard, to give them an exceptional experience of the impact of live music, and performance. NHO reached over 1005 children in the early stages of the project, through workshops and school visits, and from these children 105 were cast to perform in the final 4 performances on 1st and 2nd July, as the closing highlight of the NHO 2017 Festival.

Of these 105 children who performed in the final production, 38% of them don’t sing in a regular choir, and 26% of the children do not play a musical instrument. 92% of the participants from Leicestershire had never seen an opera before they performed in Noye’s Fludde, making this an exceptional experience for them.

Over 1100 audience reached

Another of NHO’s key targets for this project was to introduce new audience to opera through the community work of Nevill Holt Opera. NHO welcomed over 1100 people to the gardens for the final 4 performances, taking place over one weekend 1-2 July. With tickets priced from £6, the audience were invited to bring their own rugs and picnics, and to enjoy opera in an informal and inclusive atmosphere. Of our audience, 68% were new to NHO, and 30% had never seen an opera performed live before.

New partnerships

NHO’s delivery partners in this project were Rutland Music Education Hub, Oakham School and the David Ross Education Trust schools.

The significant costs of this large-scale community and education project were supported by a number of generous donors, without whom this project would not have been possible. These charitable trusts and foundations including the KT Wong Foundation, the Garfield Weston Foundation, Arts Council England, Northamptonshire Community Foundation and the David Ross Foundation, as well as a syndicate of generous individual donors. With the help of all of these partners, NHO was able to offer this project to the local community and schools.

Responses

We conducted an evaluation of the project. Here’s what people had to say about it…

  • “The performances generated universal enthusiasm among performers and audience, and we now have hundreds of people wanting more.”

    Executive Director of Music, DRET

  • “Children from all walks of life participated in the Opera and the production had some amazing feedback.”

    Chaperone

  • “I certainly think that each child was inspired and that they gained enormous confidence in their own abilities.”

    Adult Performer

  • “The majority of our children had not heard this type of singing before, and so were amazed by it. The children loved that they were able to get involved and that they could learn a song themselves. Overall our children were really inspired by the experience.”

    Teacher

  • “Noye’s Fludde was an experience I will treasure forever and keep with my childhood memories.”

    Pupil, age 15

  • “I thought opera was really posh or fancy before the performance, but my opinion has changed and I see opera now as just a different way of expressing performance through music.”

    Pupil, Age 12

  • “I thought the whole production, cast and support team were all very kind and generous. They got the best out of us and I would love the opportunity to do it again.”

    Pupil

  • “It was really fun to perform and I learnt a lot. It is something that I feel proud of being part of.”

    Pupil

  • “I gained self-confidence, doing something really different to everyone else, being part of a team, meeting professional performers and seeing how a real professional production is run.”

    Pupil, age 9

  • “I want to say thank you to everyone who helped us develop our dreams.”

    Pupil

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