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EPOC creating history

Paul is spending November with English Pocket Opera Company, taking their “History of Western Classical Music (Part 1)” around Barnet schools with Pamela Hay and Mark Tinkler.


Orpheus & Eurydice Singfest in Cambridge

Another successful EPOC singfest project in Cambridgeshire culminated with semi-staged concerts at:
West Road Concert Hall in Cambridge on 21 & 22 June,
Hinchingbrooke Performing Arts Centre in Huntingdon on 25 June,
The Priory Centre, St.Neots on 29 June.

Thanks to all the schools, teachers and choirs who took part. You were all fantastic!

EPOC performers were Paul Featherstone (Orpheus), Pamela Hay (Eurydice), Mark Tinkler (Narrator/Director), Mike Cole (piano).

Romeo & Juliet in Mostar

Mostar 2018-203 (2)I returned to Mostar in Bosnia & Hercegovina with English Pocket Opera Company  to perform two shows in schools with pupils from the East and West sides. This was a follow up to workshops we did there at the end of 2016 on “Romeo & Juliet”. Both performances were on June 12 at the 10th Elementary in the West and the 4th Elementary in the East. In addition to our semi-staged performance of “Romeo & Juliet” with the pupils singing the choruses and performing the main characters, the various schools attending performed songs of their own choice.

The EPOC team also included director/pianist Mark Tinkler, soprano Pamela Hay and flautist Michael Copley. Plans are already underway for a return visit later this year to do “Carmen”.


Opera Questing in Cambridgeshire

English Pocket Opera Company are currently taking their joyous interactive workshop, “Opera Quest”, around Cambridgeshire schools (Nov 20 – Dec 8).

The Hero’s Journey is explored via a TV singing talent show and Gluck’s “Orpheus & Eurydice”. This is the first stage of a project that will culminate in concerts next year in Cambridge & Huntingdon.

Paul is performing with sopranos Laura Pooley and Caroline Kennedy with EPOC director Mark Tinkler at the piano.

Opera Quest and EPOC’s previous show Opera Blocks are available to hire – not only within schools but also at festivals and parties. Wonderful entertainment for children of all ages (i.e. adults too!)



More “Tales” on tour

Opera della luna’s “Tales of Offenbach” is on tour again.

I will be reprising my one-armed, one-legged, one-eyed Rattlebone in “Croquefer” but switching roles in “The Island of Tulipatan” – this time I’ll be giving my Field Marshal Octavius Rhomboid.

You can catch it at the following venues:

Fri 22 & Sat 23 Sept, 7.30pm Storyhouse, Chester

Tue 26 & Wed 27 Sept, 7.30pm Lighthouse, Poole

Wed 11 Oct,  Theatre Royal, Winchester

Tue 17 Oct, Civic Theatre, Chelmsford

Wed 25 & Fri 27 Oct,  7.30pm Blackledge Theatre, Salisbury