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The Southend Boys' and Southend Girls' Choirs have been awarded a significant grant by Arts Council England to help them celebrate the 100th birthday of Benjamin Britten with a large scale production of Britten's delightful children's opera, Noye's Fludde.
Benjamin Britten was the founder President of the Southend Boys' Choir from 1970 until his death in 1976. It is very fitting for the Choir to join forces with the Girls' Choir to celebrate his centenary with a production of one of his favourite operas for young people - the story of Noah and the Flood. The Southend Choirs will perform four shows of the opera in July - taking place in Southend, Thurrock and finally at Southwark Cathedral.

The Arts Council England grant will enable the Choirs to work with Essex based creative arts organisation, Pinpoint Create, professional singers and musicians to produce the opera on a large scale. It is an ambitious and exciting prospect.

The production will be staged in a 1950's style to evoke the era of the disastrous floods of 1953,which affected the East coast 60 years ago. Britten's own house in Aldeborough was damaged in the floods and Noye's Fludde was written as his response.

Children from primary schools in Southend will play the parts of animals in the opera and more will join from Thurrock schools as the production moves up the Thames. Youth orchestras and music groups from across both  Boroughs will work alongside the Britten Sinfonia to provide the music.
Southwark Cathedral was the first place Noye's Fludde was performed after its premiere in 1958.

A preview of the production will be shown at Village Green in Chalkwell Park in Southend on Saturday 13th July. 
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