On 24 and 25 October 2019 an exhilarating new community opera, Time and Tide, will be performed at Clevedon Community Centre (Princes Hall) to mark the 150th anniversary of the building of Clevedon Pier.
This is truly a community venture in which professional musicians and singers will perform 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 commemorates 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, have been working with Clevedon’s primary schools on words and music for songs they will be singing and Clevedon School on composing a soundscape and a fanfare. The dramatist, Rhian Hutchings, is holding further workshops with the children that will perform at Princes Hall.
A Community Choir, specially formed by Clevedon Choral from local singing groups, residents and students from Clevedon School, will narrate the opera. They will be joined by professional soloists; baritone Martin Le Poidevin and soprano Esther Mallett. The accompanying band will be made up of professionals including Richard Lennox and talented young musicians from local schools. A group from Lions Brass 4 Youth will play us in.
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