Who's Aboard? 5
India, Amelia, Sophie, Miranda, Maddie, James, Lucy, Robbie, Florence and Ella.
Amy J Payne
Musicians of the Philharmonia
Soong, Gideon, Gwendolyn, Karen and Cathy.
Children of Noye
Dillon, Mary, Molly, Hattie, Rowan, Fabian, Marcus and Benedict.
Wells Cathedral School
The Handbell Ringers of Chiselborough
Exeter Recorder Orchestra
Headmistress, Brookside Community Primary School
NOYE, Jimmy Holliday
We are absolutely thrilled to have our Noye on board at last…welcome to our fantastic opera star, Jimmy Holliday, who joins Amy J Payne, our Mrs. Noye.
Jimmy Holliday started singing aged 6 at Lichfield Cathedral. He studied for four years at The Royal College of Music where he won numerous awards, and completed his studies at the prestigious National Opera Studio, London. Opera roles from RCM productions included Bottom A Midsummer Night’s Dream Britten, Sarastro Die Zauberflöte Mozart and Kecal The Bartered Bride Smetana. He made his debut with ENO in Wolfgang Rihm’s Jakob Lenz, and has performed Nick Shadow A Rake’s Progress Stravinsky, and King Heinrich Lohengrin Wagner with Ostrava Opera Company, Czech Republic. Recent projects include Colline La Boheme Puccini for Opera North, and future projects include Billy Jackrabbit La Fanciulla del West Puccini for ENO. He also works with various ensembles including EXAUDI, the Deutsche Grammophon award winning Ensemble Plus Ultra, The Sixteen, Tenebrae, I Fagiolini and The BBC Singers.
Read my interview with Jimmy in this edition of Ahoy There! And get to know him a bit better.
Great to have you with us Jimmy!
Quangle Wangle Choir
Fantastic to have the wonderful Quangle Wangle Choir joining us. The Quangle Wangle Choir is a superb adult choir who will be singing as Voices of the Flood on 19th July. I know that they will help to generate a very special muscial energy with all that they sing in the opera.
The Quangle Wangle Choir grew out of a group of friends in Weymouth who met round a kitchen table with their babies and toddlers, for coffee and singing. In 1994 the group expanded to become The Quangle Wangle Choir and now has around 75 members. Much has changed and developed over the years but the choir has kept the original emphasis on friendliness, open access and fun. They meet 'to share the buzz and solace of singing together.'
The choir sings a cappella (without an accompaniment such as a piano) and learns mostly by rote, (this means learning by listening and repeating) building up 4 and 5 part harmonies phrase by phrase and performing at village hall concerts, weddings, on the quayside for cruise ship passengers...
The repertoire includes arrangements of pop, American shape-note, South African gospel and folk songs.
In the words of Edward Lear's Quangle Wangle Quee,
'When all these creatures move, what a wonderful noise there will be.'
Welcome to Miranda,Sophie,Amelia and India, who are all joining the Gossips already aboard the ark…poor Noah, he’s going to have a hard time!