Time and Tide

On 24 and 25 October 2019 an exhilarating new community opera, Time and Tide, was performed at Clevedon Community Centre (Princes Hall) to mark the 150th anniversary of the building of Clevedon Pier.

This was truly a community venture in which professional musicians and singers will performed alongside Clevedon’s Choral Society, Lions Brass Ensemble, primary aged children  and secondary students from Clevedon School.

Mapping the extraordinary life of the pier from its conception, Time and Tide commemorated the building, heyday, decline and destruction, to the pier’s triumphant recovery – against the odds of opposition and erosion – to thrive in the 21st century, as we face the future with all its environmental and political challenges.

The composer Mark Lawrence and the poet, Claire Williamson, worked with Clevedon’s primary schools on words and music for songs  and Clevedon School on composed a soundscape and a fanfare. The dramatist, Rhian Hutchings, held further workshops with the children working on their performance skills.

A Community Choir, specially formed by Clevedon Choral from local singing groups, residents and students from Clevedon School, narrated the opera. They were joined by professional  soloists; baritone Martin Le Poidevin and soprano Esther Mallett. The accompanying  band was made up of professionals including Richard Lennox and talented young musicians from local schools.