Time and Tide – Community Opera

Time and Tide

On 24 and 25 October an exciting new community opera, ‘Time and Tide’, will be performed at Clevedon Community Centre to mark the 150th anniversary of the building of Clevedon Pier.

Time and Tide will celebrate the Pier and enrich the artistic, particularly musical, culture of Clevedon. The project will combine children and students in performance alongside adults.  Amateurs will perform with professionals. The music will reflect songs of the sea and the Victorian sea-side in a classical, yet contemporary, style. The words will include ideas from participants and convey, with the music, a sense of the winds, waves and tides. The choir will narrate the moving story of the pier, from its conception to its Victorian heyday, through its neglect, damage and near demolition in the 1970s. We will finally arrive at the pier’s rescue and restoration; a moving story of survival against the odds.

Time and Tide is to be a large-scale, intergenerational music theatre project, an innovation which will bring together the community of this small seaside town in a high quality artistic enterprise, led by an experienced artistic team. Students from Clevedon School and children from local primary schools, will perform alongside professional soloists and musicians.

Time and Tide music is by Mark Lawrence with words by Claire Williamson, known for the recently performed community operas ‘Home at Last’ performed at St Mary Redcliffe and ‘The Hall on the Hill’, performed at St George’s, Brandon Hill, in Bristol.

We have been promised support from other local singing groups, so there will be a core of singers accustomed to performing. Teach tracks will be available for participants to practice at home. If you would like to be part of the Open Access Community Choir, and are able to attend rehearsals weekly in the run up to the performances for around an hour, please come along and have a go. You don’t have to pay a subscription to do so.

Rehearsals:                          Monday 9, 23 and 30 September and 14 October. (Additional dates may be added if appropriate).

Place:                                     Kenn Road Methodist Church, BS  (opposite Tesco)

Time:                                      7.20 to 9.30

Dress Rehearsals:              19 and 23 October at Clevedon School and Princes Hall

Please email clevedonchoral@gmail.com to register your interest, stating SATB voice part if known.

Time and Tide is sponsored by the Arts Council. We welcome additional offers of sponsorship and assistance