Welcome to the North Norfolk Chamber Opera Website

Following our enormously successful production of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro in 2019, we now welcome our new artistic team to the company, Music Director, Mark Jones and Stage Director Paul Hands.

Mark trained at the Royal College of Music and was twice winner of the Adrian Boult conducting scholarship. He spent 21 years as Music Director of Gresham’s School and is currently Music Director of Fakenham Choral Society.

Paul was Director of Drama at Gresham’s School for many years, where he worked in conjunction with Mark before retiring. He now directs on a freelance basis and is also director of Litcham Entertainment Group. He has the distinction of having directed multi award-winning Norfolk actress Olivia Colman, who has acknowledged his contribution.

Our Next Production

Our first production under their leadership, Jacques Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld, went the way of all things in 2020. However, with the easing of restrictions, we’re now back and we’ll present two semi-staged performances at St. Nicholas’ Church, Blakeney, on Friday, 25th and Saturday, 26th June, 2021. Performances will start at 7.30pm and entry will be by cash at the door, £12 for adults, £8 for children under 12.

This comic operetta in three Acts, one of the lightest and brightest in the repertoire, is from the original by HECTOR CREMIEUX and LUDOVIC HALEVY, New book and lyrics by PHIL PARK, Music by JACQUES OFFENBACH, adapted and arranged by RONALD HANMER.

The production is presented by arrangement with Music Theatre International (Europe) on behalf of Josef Weinberger Ltd

The Cast

Eurydice – Sam Hawkins; Calliope – Julie Bjerregaard; Cupid – Katharine Jones; Venus – Melissa Sampson; Diana – Molly Percival; Juno – Kay Holmes; Orpheus – John Clack; Pluto – Andy Masterson; Jupiter – Des Holmes; Mars – Stephen Mills; John Styx – Peter Walters; Icarus – Guy Hewitt; Mercury – Ash Faire-Ring; Narrators: Christine Blakemore, Nicholas Hills; other members of the cast – Berni Alexandrou, Tim Ambler, Jim Ring.

If you’d like to contact us, or receive occasional news about the society, or would like to perform with us, please let us know at northnorfolkchamberopera@gmail.com


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