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 was to have been Orpheus in the Underworld, one of the lightest and brightest pieces in the repertoire.

Unfortunately due to the Covid situation, our performances at The Auden Theatre, Holt, and our al fresco performances at the National Trust’s Sheringham Park have had to be put on hold. This postponement is doubly unfortunate as 2020 would have marked 30 unbroken years of our performing opera in North Norfolk. Watch this space for updates on the situation, or sign up at the Email address below to receive updates and further information by Email.

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.

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

Cupid Invites us to the Underworld

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; 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, please let us know at northnorfolkchamberopera@gmail.com


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