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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 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.

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.

Roles performed include Figaro Le nozze di Figaro(Opera North), Bunthorne Patience and BettoGianni Schicchi (ETO), Siegfried Sassoon Silver Birch (Garsington Opera), plus Robin Oakapple Ruddigore and Strephon Iolanthe (National G&S Opera Company). Bradley also performed in Vaughan William’s Serenade to Music at the 2016 Last Night of the Proms at the Royal Albert Hall.

Bradley is heavily involved in music outreach, working as the Associate Artist (Learning & Participation) at English Touring Opera; commissioning and directing new operas for children, devising and leading workshops, and curating their education and community output.

Showing At

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

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