DRET students set to perform at summer opera festival

This summer, over 80 students from the David Ross Education Trust (DRET) will perform alongside leading opera singers as part of Nevill Holt Opera's spectacular production of Benjamin Britten’s Noye’s Fludde (Noah’s Flood).

The production is directed by the Royal Opera House’s Director of Opera, Oliver Mears, and conducted by Nevill Holt Opera’s Artistic Director, Nicholas Chalmers, and will be performed in the stunning grounds of the Nevill Holt Estate.

Simon Toyne, Executive Director of Music at DRET, who is rehearsing the students for the production, said: “We share a passionate belief that every child should be able to access and be enthused by live opera, choral and orchestral music, and that the musical journey that students undertake at school should be inspired by the leading musicians and musical organisations of our country.

“Our partnership with Nevill Holt Opera has seen over 2000 children in this year alone encountering singers giving performances and workshops in our schools, and their engagement and enthusiasm for opera is obvious for anyone to see.

“All 84 singing children in this production of Noye's Fludde are coming from our schools, and they are all keen singers with very fine voices. For so many of them, this experience - performing in a professional production with a major opera company - will prove life-changing. 

“We are all looking forward to working with Oliver, Nicholas and the Nevill Holt team, and hope to see large audiences for the performances!"

Performances of Noye’s Fludde will take place at 2pm and 5pm on Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd July 2017.

Tickets are on sale now for £6 for under 18s and £12 for those who are over. Click here to book via Eventbrite ticketing.

If you would like more information, please visit the Nevill Holt Opera website.