Having performed at the reopening of the University of Hull's historic Middleton Hall at the end of October, Opera North is heading east again for three very special appearances at The Spa, Bridlington this winter.
The seafront Spa will provide the perfect setting for a nautically-inspired programme on Sunday 27 November, when charismatic Swiss conductor Stefan Blunier helms Popular Classics. Berlioz’s Overture Le Corsaire celebrates the life of the brigand while Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade includes some intense evocations of the changing moods of the ocean. Starting out on dry land, Prokofiev’s exhilarating opening suite from Romeo and Juliet launches the evening.
Christmas celebrations get underway with The Snowman and Other Tales on Friday 16 December, promising an enthralling audio-visual treat for all the family. The Orchestra of Opera North’s live performance of Howard Blake’s enchanting score will accompany Raymond Briggs’ timeless animation on the big screen. Opera North stalwart John Savournin completes the bill with a captivating telling of Paul Patterson’s settings of Roald Dahl’s Little Red Riding Hood and The Three Little Pigs, complete with a big screen picture book.
Opera North recently announced two new commissions for Hull’s UK City of Culture 2017, and its groundbreaking Singing School residency at Bude Park Primary School, Bransholme continues into its third year. Opera North’s Orchestra and Chorus Director Phil Boughton says that the Company is looking forward to its next foray into the East Riding:
Growing up in Humberside I knew that Opera North was the region’s only resident orchestra, and I’m delighted to be able to ensure that we continue to reach audiences beyond Leeds. Such concerts inspired me to pursue a career in music, and it was thanks to the region that I had the opportunities that I did. Returning to The Spa, Bridlington makes complete sense for the Company as it’s a superb venue in an area rich in music making, which we’re proud to be part of.
Continuing the Orchestra’s work with young people in the region, a wind quintet from the ensemble will be accompanying 150 pupils from Hilderthorpe Primary, Our Lady and St Peter RC Primary, New Pasture Lane Primary and Flamborough CE VC Primary Schools for Singing Sea Shanties on Friday 25 November. Inspired by Opera North’s current touring production of Billy Budd – and the Spa’s stunning prospect of the North Sea – this concert will string together traditional shanties with music from Britten’s maritime opera to tell the story of a seaside village nervously awaiting the arrival of the press gangs.
Tickets for Opera North’s performances at The Spa, Bridlington are available from the venue Box Office on 01262 678258 or online at thespabridlington.com
The Spa, Bridlington seen from the beach. Credit: The Spa, Bridlington
Stefan Blunier. Credit: Thilo Beu
Little Red Riding Hood by Quentin Blake