What’s On

What’s On

Upcoming Events


Sunday 7 July 2019


For ages 9-14



Sunday 7 July at 1.30pm

5.30pm explore and create

6.30pm public performance

Led by opera singer, actor and director, Susan Moore

Supported by lively musicians, Alastair Chilvers and Mish Kelly

Participants will be inspired to devise their own music, acting and movement

Tickets: £10 on the door

Contact info@jubileeopera.co.uk to sign up

At Aldeburgh Jubilee Hall, Crabbe Street, Aldeburgh IP15 5BN

9 and 10 July 2019

Suffolk Coastal Schools Sing Fest 2019

Church of St Peter and St Paul, Aldeburgh

Performances – 1.15 pm Tuesday 9 July and 1.15 pm Wednesday 10 July

£5 all welcome

Contact info@jubileeopera.co.uk to sign up

The schools Sing Fest has grown in size this year, extending to two days, with twice as many Suffolk Coastal schools taking part. The schools will perform songs all together, as well as singing their own individual items. They will have spent all term perfecting them – displaying the amazing capacity young children have for memorising lyrics. Some pieces will be in unison and others will involve singing in parts/in harmony.

Come and support our young performers at 1.15 pm each day and experience  the infectious enthusiasm of children singing together.

22 and 23 November 2019


A newly commissioned Opera for Children

Music by Russell Hepplewhite    Libretto by Helen Eastman

Synopsis: Inspired by a true event in 2013 at Barber’s Point on the banks of the River Alde in Suffolk, where the remains of a casket of personal treasures were discovered in the Anglo-Saxon grave of a young woman, Hepplewhite’s score transports us from a modern day archaeological dig to the ancient world of this mysterious maiden, unlocking the secrets of her life and death…

Duration: 50mins – 1 hour


Professor Tide, an Archaeologist – Professional Baritone, Matthew Kellett

The Casket Girl, a young woman from 650 AD – Professional Soprano, Sofia Troncoso

Five Child leads – Sopranos or Trebles (boys or girls)

The Casket Girl’s Brother – Treble or Broken Voice

Children’s Chorus (Approx. 30 aged 8-15) 1: Archaeologists  2: Journalists  3: Inhabitants of a Saxon village


Recorders Louise Hunter-Bradley   Harp Miriam Keogh

Viola Robert Smissen  Double Bass Neil Tarlton

Percussion Sam Wilson

Conductor: Jack Ridley

Director: Susan Moore

Aldeburgh Jubilee Hall, Crabbe Street, Aldeburgh IP15 5BN

Friday 22 November 2019    3pm Schools’ Matinée   6pm Public Performance

Saturday 23 November 2019   3pm Public Performance    6pm Public Performance

Tickets go on sale on 2 September 2019

Preceded by

‘THE HISTORY EXPRESS’ – A newly commissioned Song Cycle for local primary schools

Music by Russell Hepplewhite    Texts by Helen Eastman

Song-cycle (20 – 25 mins) for choir, piano and percussion, to precede ‘The Casket Girl’ and sung by approx. 50 children from several schools, following sessions in schools during the autumn

 Synopsis: Taking the idea of archaeology, this piece follows a timeline, ‘digging back’ through history:-

1)  The Invention of the World Wide Web

2)  World War II

3)  The Industrial Revolution

4)  The Enlightenment

5)  The Wars of the Roses

6)  The Peasants’ Revolt

7)  The Vikings

8)  The Romans

9)  Dinosaurs

10) The Big Bang


Jubilee Opera’s objectives are to give children with little or no musical opportunity elsewhere the chance to discover their own abilities and to develop their musical and performance skills, thus engendering a lifelong love of music and the performing arts. By exploring the challenges and richness of opera they discover their natural voices, expand their imagination and gain confidence and self-esteem through their achievements. Jubilee Opera is in it 31st year, and although new works have been performed over the years, this is the first commission by the company and marks a step forward in expanding our work by contributing a significant piece to the repertoire for young people.

Further information: info@jubileeopera.co.uk

Past Events


Monday 22 October 2018


Flipchart & Squeezebox’s Songwriting Workshop
A lively afternoon of songmaking for 7–12 year olds
with Ian McMillan and Luke Carver Goss

Flipchart & Squeezebox is the creative partnership of Barnsley poet, broadcaster and comedian Ian McMillan and Olympic composer Luke Carver Goss.

Aldeburgh Jubilee Hall

Monday 22 October  3pm start

with sharing for parents and others at 4pm

‘completely and utterly wonderful, inspiring, committed and great fun’
Ann Barkway, Mahogany Opera Group

‘I’ve never had so much fun performing’ Barbican Education + Guildhall School of Music, Words Worth project participant
‘just fab and the kids had a whale of a time’ Christina Lewis, Wordquake

Friday 16 (6pm) and Saturday 17 (3pm & 6pm)
November 2018

The Happy Prince
by Malcolm Williamson

Written in 1960, the composer based this beguiling forty-five minute opera on the story for children by Oscar Wilde. It tells of the golden statue of The Happy Prince, who persuades a migrating Swallow to spread precious gifts over the poor and needy in his city, with tragic consequences. But from the tragedy comes a message of love, hope and redemption, which transcends the dark- ness of the world below.

A  fully  staged production  performed  by  Members of Jubilee Opera joined by professional singers, small orchestra, production team and conductor.

Cast includes
The Happy Prince James Hall counter-tenor
The Mayor Robert Gildon baritone 
Jubilee Opera Ensemble Conductor Alastair Chilvers

‘The Happy Prince’ will be preceded by a short selection of songs from Jubilee Children’s Choir with children from primary schools in the Suffolk Coastal area.

Conductor Michelle Kelly.


Friday 16  November 6pm
Saturday 17 November 3pm & 6pm

Tickets £12 ( £6 under 16) on sale from 3 September
Telephone: 01728 687110

In person; Box Office at Aldeburgh Cinema

Enquiries: info@jubileeopera.co.uk

Illustrations by Jane Ray from The Happy Prince published by Orchard Books