05 May 2014
Starting the Big Build
Hello all you Voices of the Flood! have you had a good fortnight?
Welcome back to your Project Noye 2014 blog, edition 2.
Take a look at some new facts and ideas, more people aboard the Ark, and an interview with our fabulous Director, Simon Harvey. We have new sustainable art ideas, and this week we will learn about Miracle Plays in the Factfile, as well as thinking how to become more useful as Eco Warriors …
Noye Ahoy! is about several threads that are tied together through the opera, Noye’s Fludde.
We learn about music: opera, ancient plays, the orchestra … we learn about the composer Benjamin Britten, his life, the place where he spent much of his life. We can also imagine how a biblical flood would translate into the 21st Century ... what could cause a flood? What would Noye do in the 21st Century? How would Noye’s Children behave? Mrs. Noye, the Gossips … what would they be like?
Relating to an artform through our own experiences and imagination is a way to enter the work more completely.
There are many different forms to music, these are often called ‘genres.’
If the genre is opera, we can ‘enter’ the story and understand it through our own personal perspective. So if we look around us at recent events and environmental issues, we have the potential to ignite a powerful creative energy that intensifies our experience and enriches our performance. Perhaps you enjoy building things, or designing boats? Maybe you love to photograph beautiful things that you see around you, appreciating all the details of nature … or perhaps you feel the need to record issues that worry you, that you want to help sort out?
Of course we are all different, with contrasting interests … that’s what makes life so exciting! So through Noye Ahoy! we will relate to the themes of the opera in different ways: through science, environmental issues, art, music, mathematics, creative writing … the possibilities are limitless.
Take a look through these windows to discover new information and facts - click on
Who's Aboard? for new members to the production
Nature Beautiful for Eco info
Ahoy There! to meet Director Simon Harvey
Artcycle for all sorts of ideas to create art from recycled material
Factfile for What is a Miracle Play? and ...
News from the Levels to see Matilda Temperley's edition 2 photograph, watch her video and read about famers ...
plenty to discover ... go and explore!
Who’s Aboard? 2
Nature Beautiful 2
Ahoy There! 2
News from the Levels 2
We are thrilled to welcome Matilda into Project Noye 2014.
Matilda is an exceptionally talented professional photographer who has created a stunning book of photographic images taken during the terrible floods on the Somerset Levels.
The book is titled: Under the Surface: Somerset Floods 2014
The book also features accounts from residents of their experiences, to form a unique and sensitive ‘capturing’ of this challenging time for those affected.
Matilda is from Somerset, her family home is on the Levels. For many weeks, the farmland and barns of Matilda’s father were completely submerged in water and the house of her 99 year old Grandfather was flooded under 3ft of water.
Matilda’s parents served the delicious apple juice and cider at the concert featured in our Edition 1 Newsflash.
Matilda is currently seeking funding to publish this very special book. She is doing this through crowd funding; when someone can raise awareness about a project that they are working on and ask supporters to donate towards the funding. It’s amazing how many interesting and worthy projects can be supported in this way, every contribution matters, no matter how small, and it is a very 21st Century way of bringing people together to help make something happen.
Maybe one day you might have a project you want to fund … if you are interested in this, why not take a look at Matilda’s book project on Kickstarter?
We are very grateful to Matilda for allowing us to publish online one of her images for each edition of Noye Ahoy! So click on Flooding on the Levels to see the beautiful photograph for Edition 2.
News from Wells Cathedral School
On Wednesday 30th April we had another music assembly at Brookside. Clarinetists Flora, Megan and Pip, played a very clever version of the National Anthem, called ‘We are Amused.’ This took the form of a theme and variations, played brilliantly by the girls. Afterwards there were plenty of questions from Brookside pupils, from ‘what is a clarinet made out of’ to ‘how do you all play together so well, what’s the secret’…I’m sure there will be some new recruits for the clarinet world! Thank you Flora, Megan and Pip!
Wells student Tom Highnam was selected for the BBC Young Musician of the Year Percussion Final at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama ...it was broadcast on Fri 25 April on BBC4 ... catch it on iPlayer. He didn't win but he did fantastically to get to the final and really enjoyed the experience!
There have also been many successes from older pupils at Wells who will be moving on to Music Colleges and Universities next year…
The following numbers of students have been offered music college places in September, subject to their A level results: [some students were offered places at more than one college]
Royal Academy of Music 6
Birmingham Conservatoire 6
Trinity College of Music 6
Royal Northern College 5
Royal Welsh College 4
Birmingham Conservatoire 2
Congratulations Wells, we are so proud to be working with you!
MRS NOAH'S THOUGHTS ON MR NOAH ... AND THE WEATHER
Another blazing hot day ... another goat for the barbecue ... boys out with the Nephilim gang again and there is bound to be a fight and Noah will get up on his high horse and threaten the wrath of Jehovah ... Same old, same old ... I will scream if something exciting doesn’t happen soon!
Noah has found a supplier of gopher wood and is stockpiling again... the neighbours are really out of order and the mockery is such that I just don’t want to go outside into the garden any more ... not that there is much garden left, now that Noah is building some kind of boat ... He is an old man, for Heaven’s sake, getting on for 600 ... can’t they cut him a bit of slack and stop making fun of him? At least the boys are helping him with his project, whatever it is. He calls it an ark; it looks like a box to me.
Be sure to visit Noye Ahoy! again on 19th May for more information, ideas and updates. Who will have joined in two weeks time? How many names will we have on the Voices of the Flood? What is our gallery going to be looking like? Who will we meet in Ahoy There?
See you soon!