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The Almondsbury Bells

A project about the bells of St Mary’s Church

Director 
Tim Yealland
Composer 
Russell Hepplewhite
Designer 
Jude Munden
Percussionist  
Tim Highnam

ETO returns to Marlwood School in Gloucestershire for a week long residency. 75 students from the secondary school are joined by 15 from New Siblands Special School, all of whom are helping to create and will perform in a new opera called The Almondsbury Bells. The piece celebrates the restoration of the set of bells in the local church of St Mary’s.

The relationship between ETO and these schools is a special one, and we have returned many times since our first opera Severn Stories in 2011. A technical and design team from the school is led by designer Jude Munden, the band is led by composer Russell Hepplewhite, and a percussion group is led by young percussionist Tom Highnam. Tim Yealland directs. All the material in the opera is devised with the students.

Showing At

  1. Marlwood School
    6th Jul 2018 - 1:30 pm
  2. Marlwood School
    6th Jul 2018 - 6:00 pm
  1. Marlwood School — 6th Jul 2018 - 1:30 pm

    BS35 3LA

  2. Marlwood School — 6th Jul 2018 - 6:00 pm

    BS35 3LA

Tim Yealland

Tim Yealland

Director

Tim has written the libretti for and directed numerous operas for young people, including Shackleton’s Cat, Silver Electra, Different and Waxwings. He has also devised many large-scale community operas for ETO, including One Day Two Dawns in Truro (winner RPS Award), and Zeppelin Dreams in Wolverhampton. Alongside the ETO production, Laika the Spacedog is also produced in 2019 by Nouvel Opera Fribourg, and performed next year at the Opera Comique in Paris. His association with Casa da Música in Porto continues with Écoute, a new piece in 2020. He was appointed MBE in the 2019 New Year Honours.

Russell Hepplewhite

Russell Hepplewhite

Composer

Russell Hepplewhite is becoming widely known for his choral music and operas. For ETO he has composed several highly acclaimed operas for young audiences including ‘Shackleton’s Cat’, ‘Silver Electra’, and the award winning ‘Laika the Spacedog’ which has been performed more than 70 times. Alongside the current ETO revival of ‘Laika’, Opera Nouvel in Switzerland and Opera Comique in Paris have their own forthcoming productions. Russell’s musical ‘Moonfleet’ premiered at the Salisbury Playhouse in 2018; his choral music is published by Oxford University Press and Banks Music publications, and forthcoming pieces include operas for Jubilee Opera and W11 Opera.

Jude Munden

Jude Munden

Designer

Jude Munden worked as a secondary school art teacher before becoming a self employed maker and designer specialising in costume, props and puppets. She works from a workshop on a barge on the Penryn river, which she shares with her husband Alan who is also a set designer and furniture maker. Jude has made and designed work for Miracle Theatre Company, Illyria, Shallal Dance Company, Trifle Gathering, Cube Theatre, Wild West Film, Bedrock Films as well as ETO. Her own theatre company, Pipeline Theatre tours nationally.

Tim Highnam

Tim Highnam

Percussionist

Showing At

  1. Marlwood School
    6th Jul 2018 - 1:30 pm
  2. Marlwood School
    6th Jul 2018 - 6:00 pm

Your Comments

  1. Thank you Tim & Tom for helping us with this performance.

    Keep up the good work guys

    Said Joshua Newman at 19:52pm on 6th Jul 2018

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