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 (St Nicholas Chantry, All Saints, Yeo Moor, St Johns and Mary Elton) 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.
Time and Tide is composed by Mark Lawrence, with words by Claire Williamson, a duo with a track record in celebrating events, places and people through community collaborations, such as Coming Home (SS Great Britain), The Hall on the Hill (St George’s Brandon Hill), Home at Last and Home by Christmas (WWI commemorative compositions) and Cosmos (celebrating our relationship with the universe).
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