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Music students sing their hearts out in famous comic opera
Lady Billows played by Clare Tunney, of Stockton, Alex Banfield in the title role of Albert Herring Mr Upfold the mayor played by David Powton. Picture by Mark Pinder
A THEATRE production of a comic classic study of English village life was performed to a near sell-out audience in a community theatre on Wednesday night (August 14).
The Samling production of Benjamin Britten’s chamber opera, Albert Herring, was performed at Saltburn Community Theatre by students and will now go to The Sage at Gateshead.
The piece was chosen to celebrate Britten’s centenary year but also to mark the end of music training college, Samling Academy‘s first year.
Samling Academy, which is in partnership with Newcastle and Durham universities as well as The Sage, is for young musicians and singers who want to study in the North-East.
The opera tells the story of a shy lad in a grocer’s shop, who is forced into the limelight when the village committee decides to crown him May King. The production featured Saltburn-born Rowan Pierce who played Miss Wordsworth.
Director Karon Wright said: “By bringing back established Samling scholars to work alongside academy students who are beginning to find their feet, in a production from and for the North-East, Samling completes a virtuous circle, embodying all that we are hopeful for in our academy.”
Tickets for Friday and Saturday night’s productions at The Sage in Gateshead cost £12 (concessions available). Call 0191 4434661 or log on to www.sagegateshead.com.
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