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:
I will be singing Macduff in the new production of Verdi’s “Macbeth” with Kentish Opera at the STAG Theatre in Sevenoaks from May 25 -28. Directed by Terry John Bates and conducted by Robyn Sevastos. For more details, see the Kentish Opera website:
As Don José with Melanie Lodge as Carmen.
Photo: Martin Bond
English Pocket Opera Company in association with Cambridgeshire Music Trust present a Singfest concert with choirs from Cambridge schools performing alongside EPOC’s professional soloists in selections from “Carmen”. I will be giving my Don José with Melanie Lodge as Carmen, Hannah Sawle as Micaela & Adam Green’s Escamillo.
Cambridge Union 17 March
West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge 21, 22, 23 & 24 March
Opera Blocks in Salford with Mark Tinkler & Pamela Hay.
Just completed a 5 week workshop tour of United Learning schools all over England from Bournemouth to Carlisle – introducing pupils to the world of opera, getting them to participate in a mini version of “Carmen” and improvising an opera based on their suggestions. Soprano Pamela Hay was my stunning partner and thanks to all our wonderful pianists: Magnus Gilljam, Will Carslake, Ezra Williams and Mark Tinkler himself!
Opera Blocks in Barnsley with Pamela Hay at the wheel & Ezra Williams at the keys. Photo: firstname.lastname@example.org