Jubilee Opera, based in Suffolk, offers a platform for children in the community to explore an exciting world of music, song and performance.

Jubilee Opera was formed in 1987 as a result of a production of Britten’s ‘Noye’s Fludde’ in Aldeburgh Church, the first time it had been performed there. Such was the enthusiasm in the local community that it was decided to start an opera company for young aspiring performers to work with professionals on productions of the highest possible quality and standard. The aim was to give children, with little opportunity elsewhere, the chance to discover their own abilities and to develop their musical and performance skills, thus engendering a lifelong love of the performance arts. This is what lies at the heart of Jubilee Opera’s ethos.

In response to growing demand, Jubilee Opera formed Jubilee Opera Chorus, which meets periodically throughout the year for training and coaching and from which the main productions are cast.

The Company is run by Artistic Director Jenni Wake-Walker and an experienced, dedicated team of volunteers. Skilled professionals, composers, conductors, directors, singers, instrumentalists and designers are brought in to work with the children and perform in the main productions.

                     Past performances include:

Noye’s Fludde – Benjamin Britten

The Little Sweep – Benjamin Britten

The Happy Prince – Malcolm Williamson

Cinderella – Peter Maxwell Davies

James and the Giant Peach. – Douglas Young

All the King’s Men – Richard Rodney Bennett

The Pied Piper of Hamelin – Jonathan Willcocks

Brundibár – Hans Krása

The Drummer Boy of Waterloo – David Stoll and Megg Nicol

Hip Hip! Horatio – Michael Hurd arr. Timothy Henty

A Time There Was – Benjamin Britten

The Tailor of Gloucester – Trad. arr Andrew Plant

The Winter Star – Malcolm Williamson

Saint Nicolas – Benjamin Britten

The Casket Girl – Russell Hepplewhite

Jubilee Opera has performed a number of times at the Aldeburgh Festival and at the Young Norfolk Arts Festival, and has broadcast live on Radio 3. In 2013 five of the company’s trebles took part in Mahogany Opera’s tour of Britten’s Three Church Parables to St. Petersburg, Southwark Cathedral and Buxton Festival.

Artists who have performed with Jubilee Opera include:

Conductors

Steuart Bedford     Ben Parry    Nicholas Collon    Graham Ross    Stephen Westrop    William Carslake     Dominic Peckham

Timothy Henty    Alice Farnham     Lee Reynolds    Jack Ridley

 

Singers

Bryan Drake   Alan Oke   Richard Lloyd Morgan   Nuala Willis

Stefan Holmström     Andrew Slater    Charmian Bedford

Julian Close   Stephen Brown   Emma Carrington   Andrew Staples

Lexi Hutton    Alex Ashworth    Peter Brathwaite    Piotr Lampa   James Hall    Rob Gildon   Matthew Kellett  Sofia Troncoso

 

Directors

Basil Coleman.   Richard Gregson    Frederic Wake-Walker

Denny Sayers    Alys Kihl     Lucy Bradley   Sue Moore

 

And a host of professional pianists and instrumentalists.

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