It's just over a week now until 160 musicians from Music for Everyone gather on the stage of the Albert Hall in Nottingham to perform Benjamin Britten's opera Noye's Fludde. The past few weeks have been a very odd mix of leading workshops with kids doing animal impressions whilst singing 'Kyrie eleision', to checking the relative pitch of different cups and enquiring about wind machines.
Stephen Godward as Noye and Joan Self as Mrs Noye are an incredible force on stage and have been a hoot to rehearse with - as have the three sons and their wives, an impressive example of great young singing talent here in Nottingham.
There is a real sense of buzz about this particular project which has been in the pipeline since last September. We were thrilled to be awarded Arts Council funding for the project which has given us the opportunity to go the extra mile in making the performance a night to remember.
Tomorrow will bring together the principal cast members with the 100 or so children playing the animals in a day of singing, acting and crafting. With the help of local creative Steve Stickley, the children will be making their own headsets which they will be wearing as part of the performance.
It's be an enormous undertaking but promises to be a fantastic show! You can book tickets online or via the Music for Everyone Box Office - 0115 958 9312