NOYE’S FLUDDE – Pimlico Musical Foundation
Britten’s Fludde comes to Pimlico.
After being tipped off that a flood is coming, Noye (played by Gareth Brynmor John) enlists the help of the Pimlico community to help build a boat big enough to survive. This summer, the Pimlico Musical Foundation launches its most ambitious project yet, bringing together hundreds of local schoolchildren, teachers, volunteers, and professional musicians to transform St Gabriel’s, Pimlico into the world of Noye’s Fludde.
Running educational workshops in local primary schools, this original, community production of Benjamin Britten’s opera for children and adults uses the age-old story of Noah’s flood as a tool for teaching about climate change, rewriting traditional hymn texts and unleashing the creativity of the Pimlico community.
200 children from the Pimlico Children’s Choir and five of our partner primary schools join together to form the production’s animal chorus, with costumes decorated and built by themselves during in-school workshops. Opera singers Gareth John and Felicity Buckland perform in the principal roles, with the Pimlico Foundation Scholars stepping up to sing the other solo roles. A community orchestra of children and adults is led by the Southbank Sinfonia. The ‘Voice of God’ is played by a local celebrity, soon to be announced.