Noye's Fludde by Benjamin Britten
Thursday 5th July, 2pm and 7pm

NOW, THIS IS WHAT YOU CALL A MUSICAL EVENT - hundreds of pupils from across Solihull will be donning animal masks and packing St Alphege Church on Thursday 5th July to take part in a full musical production of Noye’s Fludde by Benjamin Britten.


After months of practising, pupils from St Alphege CE Schools, Valley Primary and Yew Tree Primary will join together at St Alphege Church for a workshop followed by two performances open to the public.  The performances will take place at 2pm and 7pm.  For many children this will be their first opportunity to perform with professional musicians and a full orchestra in a classical production. 


With the familiar and well-loved story of Noah and his Ark, hummable tunes and multiple parts of musical participation at different levels, this piece has something for everyone!  Britten wrote Noye’s Fludde for people - to enjoy planning, rehearsing, performing and generally making music together. Central to Britten’s musical ethos was his desire to have children take part on an equal footing with seasoned music professionals. As a result, this opera contains a wide range of opportunities for children and amateurs (as well as the audience) to participate as fully integrated members of the cast that drive the drama forward.


Noye’s Fludde is dramatic, joyous, surprising and, at times, humorous. It remains a moving experience for both performer and audience and the sight and sound of amateurs, children and professionals performing together realises one of Britten’s most important and entrancing musical ideals.  St Alphege Church is the ideal place for this performance, as it is known locally as a centre of musical excellence through its nationally recognised and award-winning choirs.   


Tickets are available on the door, priced at £5 for adults, children free of charge, or in advance via  Isabel Baumber Tel: 07730 981038 or email