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!)
Paul & Caroline Kennedy will be taking audiences on an “Opera Quest” at the Celebrate Voice Festival in Salisbury. With Mark Tinkler at the piano, it will be a rare public performance of our terrifically popular school show.
See it at the Blackledge Theatre in Godolphin School, Salisbury at 2pm on Thu 26 Oct
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
Lots of EPOC activity coming up in June:
More OPERA QUEST workshops this time in Haringey schools.
12-15 & 19-22 June: Singfest performances of Gluck’s “Orpheus & Eurydice” with Barnet school choirs at the Finchley Artsdepot.
23 June: Promenade performance of “Romeo & Juliet” with music by Gounod, Bellini, Rota & Bernstein performed by the pupils of Argyle Primary School, London.
28-30 June: Singfest performances of “Romeo & Juliet” at the West Road Concert Hall with Cambridge school choirs.
6 & 7 July: Singfest performances of “Romeo & Juliet” at Cambridge University Union with Cambridge school choirs.
Coming next: English Pocket Opera Company are touring Barnet schools with a brand new workshop show – “OPERA QUEST!” incorporating our mini version of Gluck’s “Orpheus & Euridice”. We will be visiting 25 schools in two weeks from Feb 27, leading to concert performances with the school choirs in June.
Opera della luna are reviving last year’s successful production of Offenbach’s crazy one-acters “Croquefer” & “The Island of Tulipatan”.
Once again I will be giving my one armed, one legged, one eyed & tonguless Rattlebone as well as my barcarolling King Cacatois XXII.
Both can be seen at the following venues:
Feb 1 Lowry Theatre, Salford
Feb 2 Lowry Theatre, Salford (matinee & eve)
Feb 4 Queens Hall, Hexham
Feb 5 Theatre by the lake, Keswick
Feb 6 Theatre by the lake, Keswick
Feb 9 Lawrence Batley, Huddersfield
To see the clutch of 4 & 5 star reviews for this production go to:
Paul will be leading opera workshops in Cambridge schools on the subject of “Romeo & Juliet” with music by a variety of composers. The workshops will run from 14-30 November and Paul will be joined by soprano Laura Pooley and director Mark Tinkler at the piano.
This will be the first stage of a project which will lead to concerts at West Road Concert Hall in 2017 with Cambridge school choirs.
English Pocket Opera Company are off to Bosnia to do school workshops in Mostar (19-28 Oct 2016). Paul will be working alongside director/pianist Mark Tinkler, soprano Silva McQueen and flautist Michael Copley in schools on both sides of the bridge. The theme will be “Romeo & Juliet” and will hopefully lead to a concert next year involving all the schools.
Up next is a chance to see two rarely performed Offenbach comic operettas. I play Mousse-a-Mort in “CROQUEFER” and King Cacatois in “THE ISLAND OF TULIPATAN”, presented together as “TALES OF OFFENBACH” by Opera della Luna. Directed & translated by Jeff Clarke with many of the same team from last year’s hilarious “ORPHEUS IN THE UNDERWORLD”.
It will be on at Stowe School on July 23 & 24 and Wilton’s Music Hall in London’s East End on August 18 & 19.
Wilton’s E flyer
English Pocket Opera Company will be presenting their interactive workshop “Opera Blocks” in the Clore Ballroom at the Royal Festival Hall on Saturday July 2 at 12.30 & 3.30.
A great introduction to opera for people of all ages.
For details see the Southbank Centre website: