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Hansel and Gretel The Desert Island Bastien and Bastienne  

Hansel and Gretel

 

Performances and education revival of 2001 project with a further 9 London schools and Newbury Spring Festival. Cochrane Theatre residency included children from 19 London schools attending matinee performances.

   
Participating Schools: Stepney Greencoat School, Limehouse; Bygrove School, Poplar; Addey and Stanhope School, Deptford; Brockwell Primary School, Brixton; Our Lady RC School, Camden; Theale Green School, Theale; Thorntree Primary School, Charlton; Trinity School of Performing Arts, Newbury; Sarum Hall, Hampstead; Park House Senior School, Wash Common; Sir William Borrough School, Tower Hamlets
Cast Jessica Walker, Arlene Rolph (Hansel); Anne Bourne (Gretel); Sarah Rhodes (Mother, Witch, Dew Fairy); Keele Watson (Father, Sandman).
Artistic Team Martin Fitzpatrick (Music Director); Mark Tinkler (Director); Annabel Lee (Designer); Rachel Shipp (Lighting Design); Matt Bernstein (Sound Design); Phillipa Luce (Movement).
Orchestra Orchestral members of the Brandenburg Sinfonia
Supporters The Foyle Foundation; Friends of EPOC; The National Lottery “Awards for All” programme; Lambeth Education Business Partnership; Sir Walter St. John’s Educational Charity; The Paul Hamlyn Foundation; The Walcot Educational Foundation; Esmée Fairbairn Foundation; Xchanging.
Venues Cochrane Theatre, London: Newbury Spring Festival.

 

“All the pupils thoroughly enjoyed the experience and were highly motivated to see an opera; it brought opera into a realistic realm for our pupils and helped to broaden their musical experience…the production was of a most excellent standard… “

Liz Gibb, Bygrove Primary School, E14

"Best response ever – to anything! Even the ‘naughty’ ones were enthralled. We intended originally to just take Year 5, but pupils from Year 2 upwards begged us to take them and we finished up with 88! Excellent content – appealed to all… The pupils really responded to working with such professionals and it boosted their confidence tremendously to see what they could achieve in a short time… Much more educational benefit doing this way – would love to do it again! … Worth every penny – we’d make it a priority in our music budget. We would love to have an ongoing relationship with EPOC. More of the same, please!"

Di Ashton, Stepney Greencoat School

“The children often refer back to their experiences with EPOC with great enthusiasm and joy. The project nurtured something fundamental for all children – self-esteem; knowing that each and every one of them was an integral and vital part of a work of art which was valued greatly by others...  The educational, social and artistic benefits for the children from the experiences they have had with EPOC will be far-reaching and enduring... “

Lucie Wickham (Teacher, Immanuel & St Andrew School, Lambeth) Hansel and Gretel 2002

“Thank you all for a breathtaking experience on stage, for helping me learn my lines and for giving us your time to help us improve our opera. It was an honour to see your fantastic show of Hansel and Gretel, I hope I can see another one of your operas soon, they’re great!”    
“Being on stage was an amazing experience that I will never forget.”
“ You made school quite fun for a change.”
“A big, big thankyou for encouraging us …everyone’s saying how we did it and that’s good”

Comments from participating children

 

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The Desert Island (L’isola disabitata)

British stage première performances of Haydn’s The Desert Island in a double bill with Mozart’s Bastien and Bastienne.  New English translations by John Warrack.  Performed at the Ryedale Festival with the Goldberg Ensemble.  

Haydn’s  L’isola disabitata  was written in 1770 for the name-day of Prince Nikolaus Esterhazy and performed at his Eszterhaza opera house. It was performed only twice there but enjoyed a few performances, mostly in German translation, outside Eszterhaza in the next few years. In 1909 it was revived by Felix Weingartner at the Vienna Hofoper as part of the centenary commemoration of Haydn's death.  The piece was performed at the Wexford Festival in 1982.  As far as we know, despite the recent revived interest in the operatic works of Haydn, these performances were the first ever in the UK.

 

   
Cast Jessica Walker (Constanza); Sinéad Pratschke (Silvia); Richard Morrison (Enrico), David Murphy (Fernando).
Artistic Team Mark Tinkler (Director); Malcolm Layfiled; Sian Edwards (Conductor); Annabel Lee (Designer); Adam Carrée (Lighting Design); Duncan Robertson (Continuo); Glen Snowden (Choreography); Frances Waddington/Sarah Hrida (Scenic Artists).
Venue/s Hovingham Hall, Ryedale.
Orchestra Goldberg Ensemble

 

“Haydn’s music is of a high quality and certainly deserving of this rare performance … presented in a very dedicated performance.  Jessica Walker, a fine Constanza, made the most of her anguished arias …Richard Morrison was superb in the double-dealing role of Colas, while Sinead Pratshke and David Murphy, the two feuding lovers that Colas reunites, were highly enjoyable and very lyric singers.”

David Denton.  Yorkshire Post

“Both were staged simply, but highly effectively by the director, Mark Tinkler, and the designer Annabel Lee.  For Mozart’s Bastien and Bastienne, a round, raised green topped table centre stage was inclined towards the audience for a rural setting: for the Haydn, it was tilted away to create a cave on a desert island.  Nothing else cluttered the stage.
Haydn’s score and that of Mozart sparkled ……. and the whole evening proved that mini-operas of quality can be cost-effective entertainment.
Good productions can be done on a shoestring without seeking a new message.  Bravo!”

Darlington and Stockton Times


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Bastien and Bastienne

Mozart’s Bastien and Bastienne in a new English translations by John Warrack.  Performed at the Ryedale Festival with the Goldberg Ensemble/Malcolm Layfield.

 

   
Cast Sinéad Pratschke (Bastienne); Richard Morrison (Colas); David Murphy (Bastien)
Artistic Team Malcolm Layfiled (Conductor); Mark Tinkler (Director); Annabel Lee (Designer); Adam Carrée (Lighting Design); Duncan Robertson (Continuo); Glen Snowden (Choreography); Frances Waddington/Sarah Hrida (Scenic Artists).
Venue/s Hovingham Hall, Ryedale.
Orchestra Goldberg Ensemble

 

“… magic … a gem of a double bill.  It came to life thanks to a new and expert rhymed translation by John Warrack, in a co-production by Goldberg Festival Opera and English Pocket Opera directed by Mark Tinkler.  Be sure to catch this happy show.”

Martin Dreyer. Yorkshire Evening Press


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