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NOYE'S FLUDDE ON DVD - Benjamin Britten
This setting of the story of Noah and the Ark is one of the great community operas, with the audience participating in this dramatic and very visual production.

World-class opera singers, David Wilson-Johnson and Catherine Wyn-Rogers as Mr and Mrs Noah lead a brilliant cast of children soloists as Sem, Ham, Jeffett, their wives, and Mrs Noah’s circle of gossips.

See the Ark take shape before your eyes, the nearly 100-strong chorus of animals in costumes and masks, lead by great puppets specially created by the students of the celebrated Wimbledon College of Art. Solo ballet dancers, and a troupe of dancers forming the waves… the great storm… and finally the Dove that returns with an olive branch that symbolizes safe haven.

Neil Ferris, of Wimbledon Choral Society and Birmingham Bach Choir, conducts the orchestra of massed strings, recorders, percussion, bugles, handbells, organ, and piano 4 hands: student musicians and amateurs from the community playing alongside distinguished professionals such as the Brodsky Quartet, the astonishing recorder virtuoso Piers Adams, and with Ensemblebash leading a battery of percussion, in which children ‘basheurs’ play tuned coffee mugs and cups sounding the first rain drops heralding the storm…

'… the musical seascapes are finely wrought and easily evaporate without sensitive handling. Here, in the landlocked environs of the Wimbledon Music Festival, they retained their shimmering atmosphere. Confidently steered by its conductor Neil Ferris, the orchestra and the Brodsky Quartet whipped up a tidal wave of considerable ferocity…' OPERA NOW

Noye's Fludde DVD Offer £15 (including postage & package)
Please make cheques payable to 'Wimbledon Music Festival', 152 Durham Road, London SW20 0DG. Please include your name, address, postcode, telephone number and your email address. The DVD also available from Wimbledon Book & Muisc, 40 High Street, London SW19 5AU.