The eccentric musings of an eight-year-old and her ten stuffed animals come to life in this one-woman chamber opera that toddles between the silly and the surreal. The libretto is an exact transcription of a video the composer’s sister had secretly made in their shared bedroom years earlier. It’s a truly fantastical, wacky story, in which fairy-tale tropes and hallmarks of children’s TV shows are enacted by a cast of animals: a virtuosic undertaking for the singer, who has to inhabit all eleven characters. Come witness childhood fantasies become a reality in this eclectic, joyful opera. Music by Isabella Gellis, conducted by Eli Brown.
Dartington International Summer School & Festival: Happy Birthday Harry!
Joanna MacGregor talks to Sir Harrison Birtwistle, introducing his short, spicy chamber pieces to celebrate his 85th birthday. The concert – performed by a supergroup of soloists – opens in the Courtyard, with a tattoo for two trumpets and side drums, and continues with songs, short piano pieces, brass ensembles, with two of Harry’s favourite composers, Stavinsky and Dunstable.
Dartington International summer School & Festival: New Chamber Music
Exciting new works created by this week's Advanced Composition Students, and introduced by their course director, SirHarrison Birtwistle. Several short, new weeks receive their premiere, performed by Gildas Quartet, Tritium Trio and trumpeter Lucy Humphris.