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Edenbridge

A new opera written with the pupils of Reay School along with Oasis and Vauxhall Schools and adults in Lambeth.

Edenbridge is a new opera written in partnership with Reay School in Lambeth. 60 children from Reay are joined by pupils from Oasis and Vauxhall Schools. Adults from Lambeth have also joined the project, and performed alongside the children for two performances at Lambeth Town Hall (the Assembly Hall) on Friday 13 June 2014.

To match the intergenerational nature of the project, the theme of the opera is the evacuation of children from Lambeth to the countryside in the Second World War. From Waterloo Station the train takes us to an unknown destination, which turns out to be Edenbridge in Kent. There the children are housed by Lady Alice, the owner of Hever Castle, once the home of Anne Boleyn. The castle is of course haunted, but there are other surprises, not least the strange and frosty servants, a talking goose, and the true nature of Lady Alice herself.

A creative team from ETO is joined by mezzo soprano Susan Moore, cellist Rebecca Hewes, and also by players from the Royal Academy of Music. The composer is Russell Hepplewhite, the director Tim Yealland, and the designer Catherine Ryan. The producer is Sarah Botchway, the Principal of Reay Primary School.

The opera follows the success of Laika in Lambeth with similar forces a year ago. And we are delighted to be taking our opera to Lambeth Town Hall in the heart of Brixton. Further opera projects with schools are planned in Lambeth later in the year.

A special screening of the film made of Edenbridge is taking place at the Ritzy Cinema in Brixton on 24th March 2015.

To book tickets contact talia.lash@englishtouringopera.org.uk

Showing At

  1. Lambeth Town Hall, London
    13th Jun 2014 - 2:00 pm
  2. Lambeth Town Hall, London
    13th Jun 2014 - 7:00 pm
  3. Ritzy Cinema, London
    24th Mar 2015 - 10:45 am
  1. Lambeth Town Hall, London — 13th Jun 2014 - 2:00 pm

    Brixton Hill, London, SW2 1RP

  2. Lambeth Town Hall, London — 13th Jun 2014 - 7:00 pm

    Brixton Hill, London, SW2 1RP

  3. Ritzy Cinema, London — 24th Mar 2015 - 10:45 am

    Brixton Oval, Coldharbour Lane, London, SW2 1JG

Showing At

  1. Lambeth Town Hall, London
    13th Jun 2014 - 2:00 pm
  2. Lambeth Town Hall, London
    13th Jun 2014 - 7:00 pm
  3. Ritzy Cinema, London
    24th Mar 2015 - 10:45 am

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