Seeking: Mezzo-Soprano or Contralto

 

Could you be our Mrs. Noye?

We are looking for a professional mezzo-soprano, ideally with strong connections to Suffolk** to play Mrs. Noye in St Edmundsbury Cathedral’s fully staged production of Benjamin Britten’s Noye’s Fludde as part of Flooded!

 

Flooded! is a night of theatre, opera and song combining The Fool’s Flood by Neil Clayton (a new play about an historic flood in Bury St Edmunds), and Benjamin Britten’s family opera, Noye’s Fludde.  The project brings together St Edmundsbury Cathedral, 15 local schools, Britten Pears Arts, Suffolk Music Service and multiple community groups. The production is the largest arts project undertaken by the Cathedral in recent times and will involve over 200 locals and professional creatives.  Flooded will be conducted by incoming cathedral Director of Music, Claudia Grinnell, directed by Anna Pool and designed by Stewart J Charlesworth.

 

Applicants can be any age (over 18), or ethnicity, but an understanding of working alongside young performers and being ready to chat about some big themes like the climate emergency and migration will be a big asset. The successful applicant will be required to undertake a DBS check (the Cathedral can assist in providing this if applicant has not got one).

 

Key dates:

Rehearsals (music and staging):

October: 26

November: 2, 5, 7, 8, 9 (half day), 12 (sitzprobe-half day), 14, 15

Performances:  Friday 15 November (x1), Saturday 16 November (x2)

 

These rehearsals will be split between St Edmundsbury Cathedral (Bury St Edmunds) and Britten Pears Arts (Snape Maltings)

 

Fee:

£1,100 plus £200 travel contribution

 

 

**What does a strong connection to Suffolk mean?

As part of a commitment to East of England musicians, we would ideally like to appoint a singer who comes from, lives or works very regularly in this region (North Essex, Cambridgeshire and Norfolk included).  Of course, singers who do not fall into this remit can apply, but it must also be stated that although we are able to make a significant travel contribution, we cannot provide money for accommodation in Suffolk, so performers will need to provide this themselves if not traveling from their own home in the area.

 

Interested?

If you’d like to be considered as our Mrs Noye, please send us your CV, 1-2 examples of you singing (preferably video rather than just audio as we’d love to see your performance) and a short paragraph on why you are interested in taking part, including any connection to Suffolk/East Anglia.  (This really doesn’t need to be long, just a couple of sentences that let’s us get to know you).

 

Please send your emails to Timothy Parsons.

 

What next?

We will be inviting a small number of singers to the cathedral to sing for Anna Pool, Tim Parsons (current Director of Music) and Richard Hubbard (Orchestral Director) on 3 July  2024. Please let us know if you cannot make this date when you apply and we will see if we can make alternative arrangements.  We aim to make a decision as soon as possible after that date.

 

Closing date: Noon, Friday 21 June 2024

In person audition: Wednesday 3 July

 

 

Could you be our Noye?

 

We are looking for a professional bass-baritone, ideally with strong connections to Suffolk** to play Noye in St Edmundsbury Cathedral’s fully staged production of Benjamin Britten’s Noye’s Fludde as part of Flooded!

 

Flooded! is a night of theatre, opera and song combining The Fools’ Flood by Neil Clayton (a new play about an historic flood in Bury St Edmunds), and Benjamin Britten’s family opera, Noye’s Fludde. The project brings together St Edmundsbury Cathedral, 15 local schools, Britten Pears Arts, Suffolk Music Service and multiple community groups. The production is the largest arts project undertaken by the Cathedral in recent times and will involve over 200 locals and professional creatives. Flooded will be conducted by incoming cathedral Director of Music, Claudia Grinnell, directed by Anna Pool and designed by Stewart Charlesworth.

 

Applicants can be any age (over 18), or ethnicity, but an understanding of working alongside young performers and being ready to chat about some big themes like the climate emergency and migration will be a big asset. The successful applicant will be required to undertake a DBS check (the Cathedral can assist in providing this if applicant has not got one).

Key dates:

Rehearsals (music and staging):

October: 26

November: 2, 6, 7, 8,9 (half day), 12 (sitzprobe-half day), 14, 15

Performances:  Friday 15th November (x1), Saturday 16th November (x2)

 

These rehearsals will be split between St Edmundsbury Cathedral (Bury St Edmunds) and Britten Pears Arts (Snape Maltings)

 

Fee:

£1,100 plus £200 travel contribution

 

 

**What does a strong connection to Suffolk mean?

As part of a commitment to East of England musicians, we would ideally like to appoint a singer who comes from, lives or works very regularly in this region (North Essex, Cambridgeshire and Norfolk included).  Of course, singers who do not fall into this remit can apply, but it must also be stated that although we are able to make a significant travel contribution, we cannot provide money for accommodation in Suffolk, so performers will need to provide this themselves if not traveling from their own home in the area.

 

Interested?

If you’d like to be considered as our Noye, please send us your CV, 1-2 examples of you singing (preferably video rather than just audio as we’d love to see your performance) and a short paragraph on why you are interested in taking part, including any connection to Suffolk/East Anglia.  (This really doesn’t need to be long, just a couple of sentences that let’s us get to know you).

 

Please send your emails to Tim Parsons (timothyparsons@stedscathedral.org) by midnight on Friday 31 May.

 

What next?

We will be inviting a small number of singers to the cathedral to sing for Anna Pool, Tim Parsons (current Director of Music) and Richard Hubbard (Orchestral Director) on June 10 2024.  Please let us know if you cannot make this date when you apply and we will see if we can make alternative arrangements.  We aim to make a decision as soon as possible after that date.