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The Ghost of Doughty Street

A new opera about Charles Dickens

Composer 
Rachel Leach
Director / Writer 
Tim Yealland
Charles Dickens 
Bradley Travis

English Touring Opera return to Holy Trinity and St Silas Primary School in Camden in the autumn to create a new opera with 120 pupils. This special partnership is now in its 4th year, and the new project follows Sand Surf Snow, Fire Children and Sem’ye: three operas created with the school’s KS2 classes. Performances are in early December.

The story will look at the creation of A Christmas Carol, Dickens’ famous novel about the transformation of the miser Scrooge at Christmastime, through the visitation of ghosts past and present. What is often forgotten is the experience of Dickens himself as a child, at a time when children often died young in appalling conditions. Four classes in the school will help create the story, lyrics and music of the new ambitious opera, as well as perform.

Dates and times are subject to change

Showing At

  1. Holy Trinity and St. Silas Primary School
    10th Dec 2018 - 12:00 pm
  1. Holy Trinity and St. Silas Primary School — 10th Dec 2018 - 12:00 pm

    56 Clarence Way, London , NW1 8DG

Rachel Leach

Rachel Leach

Composer

Rachel Leach studied composition with Simon Bainbridge, Robert Saxton and Louis Andreissen. Her music has been recorded by NMC and published by Faber.

Rachel has worked within the education departments of most of the UK’s orchestras and opera companies. The majority of her work is for the London Symphony Orchestra and the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Rachel has written well over twenty pieces for LSO Discovery and fifteen community operas, including seven for ETO.

Alongside this she is increasingly in demand as a concert presenter. She is the presenter of the LSO St Lukes lunchtime concert series and regularly presents children’s concerts and pre-concert events for LSO, LPO and BBC Proms

In Spring 2013 Rachel was awarded Honorary Membership of the RCM in recognition of her education work

Tim Yealland

Tim Yealland

Director / Writer

Tim read English at Cambridge, then studied singing at the Guildhall and the Munich Hochschule . His performing career included roles in opera and theatre, including work for Opera Factory, Opera 80, ENO, ROH, Opera North and Chichester Festival. His passion for education has led him to devise and direct projects for all the main opera companies, and many others here and abroad. He has led the education work at ETO since 2003, bringing a particular commitment to integrating special and mainstream schools. He has created 3 community operas for ETO: One Breath (Sheffield), A House on the Moon (Wolverhampton) and One Day Two Dawns (Cornwall). He has also written the libretti for several operas for young people, including Voithia and In the Belly of the Horse.

Bradley Travis

Bradley Travis

Charles Dickens

Bradley Travis was born in Cheshire and studied at the Royal Northern College of Music and the Royal College of Music International Opera School. He has won the Garsington Opera Leonard Ingrams Award and is a Samling Artist.

Roles performed include Figaro Le nozze di Figaro (Opera North), Bunthorne Patience and Betto Gianni Schicchi (ETO), Siegfried Sassoon in Roxanna Panufnik’s Silver Birch (Garsington Opera), Angelotti Tosca (Birgitta Festival), Masetto Don Giovanni (Classical Opera, Opera Project and ETO) plus Robin Oakapple Ruddigore and Strephon Iolanthe (National Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company).

Bradley is also heavily involved in education and community, working as the Associate Artist (Education) at English Touring Opera to devise and perform operas for children.

Showing At

  1. Holy Trinity and St. Silas Primary School
    10th Dec 2018 - 12:00 pm

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