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 will be Orpheus in the Underworld, one of the lightest and brightest pieces in the repertoire.

This comic operetta in three Acts 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.

Cupid Invites us to the Underworld

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

Unfortunately, our performances at the Auden Theatre, Holt, for 2020 have had to be postponed due to the Corona Virus and will now take place (all being well) on Thu/Fri/Sat, 8/9/10th April, 2021. For further information and updates, sign up for our e-newsletter at the e-mail address below.

This postponement is doubly unfortunate as 2020 would have marked 30 unbroken years of our performing opera in North Norfolk.

Our exciting new venture of presenting open air performances at the National Trust property at Sheringham Park has also had to be postponed until 2021, and new dates will be announced as soon as possible.

Tickets can be booked online at https://audentheatre.co.uk/how-to-book/ or by telephoning the box office, 01263 713444.

The Cast

Eurydice – Sam Hawkins; Calliope – Gilly Morgan; Cupid – Katharine Jones; Venus – Melissa Sampson; Diana – Molly Percival; Juno – Kay Holmes; Orpheus – John Clack; Pluto – Andy Masterson; Jupiter – Des Holmes; Mars – Stephen Mills; Vulcan/John Styx – Peter Walters; Icarus – Guy Hewitt; Mercury – Ash Faire-Ring; other members of the cast – Janet Bryant-Heron, Christine Blakemore, Berni Alexandrou, Tim Ambler, Jim Ring. Rhiannon Roberts, Set Designer/Stage Manager – Crispin Clark

Come and Join Us

Rehearsals had been progressing well, with great enthusiasm from everyone. However, we’d be pleased to welcome newcomers to the company, either as performers or in ancillary roles.

If you’re a newcomer or are relatively inexperienced, you’ll still be made welcome and given every encouragement to succeed.

Rehearsals take place at the Holt Youth Project, Old Station Way, Holt, NR25 6DH, on Monday evenings from 7.30pm.

If you’d like to contact us, or receive occasional news about the company, please let us know at desmondholmes@btinternet.com

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