Noye Ahoy! Blog

16 June 2014
Edition 5

Welcome
Noah Dove

I can’t believe we are already on edition 5 of Noye Ahoy!
Only three weeks now before we begin intensive rehearsals at Brookside, our pop up opera studios ... can’t wait! There is such a buzz at Brookside and so many people are writing in to me asking about the production, how they can become involved, what will it look like ... how can they help….
A very exciting time ... I hope you are all learning the hymns and getting ready for the big day!

Make an animal mask, learn the songs and come along for the most amazing experience of opera you can imagine!

Take a look through these windows to discover new information and facts - click on
Who's Aboard? Who's getting on the ark this edition.
Nature Beautiful ... This week we look at the topic of extinction.
Ahoy There! Meet Jimmy Holliday, our very own Noye!
Artcycle ... can you build a bicycle from cardboard?
Factfile … we look at the storyline of the opera.
News from the Levels Matilda Temperley's edition 5 photograph and more news.

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 go on! See what’s out there in those windows!

Who’s Aboard? 5

Who’s Aboard? 5

Nature Beautiful 5

Nature Beautiful 5

Ahoy There! 5

Ahoy There! 5

Artcycle 5

Artcycle 5

Factfile 5

Factfile 5

News from the Levels 5

News from the Levels 5

NEWSFLASH

Brookside
We have been so busy in Brookside, having great fun with Rosanna making cardboard animals for the processions in the opera. Rosanna spent four days at Brookside working with each class to create hundreds of animals. The atmosphere was fantastic, everyone very focused in cutting and tearing and glueing…thank you Rosanna, we had no idea you could create so much from cardboard!

Rosanna Vize
Congratulations to Rosanna, our star Designer. In September Rosanna will start a year residency working as an assistant at the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford upon Avon. This is a fantastic achievement and we are so proud of her, Well done Rosanna!

Voice workshops
We have now really begun our musical preparation for the opera. During half term all the Children of Noye and all the Gossips had a very good voice workshop … then last week, I (Ellie) was working in Brookside practising the Kyrie Eleison chorus that is sung by all the Animals as they march onto the ark before the storm. ‘Kyrie Eleison’ means ‘Lord, have mercy upon us!’ or, ‘Lord save us from the storm!’ in this case … Everyone in Brookside is singing brilliantly … have you started to learn the hymns yet that are on this website?

Charles and Kneehigh
Charles is working in Liverpool now rehearsing with Kneehigh in preparation for their production of a new piece of theatre ... Charles has written the music and the whole company is rehearsing all day, every day ready for the opening night ... very exciting!

Butterfly

 
Butterflies
Remember we were talking about butterflies in edition 2? Project Zoologist Nigel Spring invites you to start counting your butterflies if you haven’t already ...Nigel will be visiting Brookside to set up moth traps on 25th June.

 

Welcome to Sophie!
Opera student, Sophie Gallagher will be joining us as a Gossip for our fabulous production.
Sophie has recently achieved some outstanding success … she has won a place in the British Youth Opera workshops in August; Sophie will also sing an aria in the Royal College of Music performance of Stabat Mater on 30th June, soprano and woodwind pieces at the RCM on 2nd July, a solo recital in the chapel of Trinity College Cambridge on 16th June, and finally she is aiming to give a recital in Venice in August.

Wow Sophie, you’re a busy lady, we are very proud to have you with us on Project Noye 2014!

Brookside trip to Hungary
Just before half term, Headmistress Mrs.Axten CBE took some Year 6 pupils to one of the Brookside exchange schools, Deak Ferenc School, in Hungary.
On day 4, there was a big concert with performers from host school Deak Ferenc, one of the exchange schools in China, and of course our very own Year 6 Animals from the Noye chorus.
Mrs. Axten was so happy when she returned, telling me what a wonderful trip they all had, and how well the Year 6's performed ... here are some photos from the evening ... pupils from Brookside, Hungary and China, fantastic!

 

A modern day Noah?

For edition 5, let’s look at a very modern day kind of ark ... the Plastiki ... a boat made from plastic bottles and recycled plastics. The boat is actually a catamaran made out of 12,500 reclaimed plastic bottles and other waste products made from plastic. The Plastiki is an inspirational project to raise awareness about global warming and environmental issues ... possible causes of flooding that we can relate to in the 21st Century. On March 20, 2010, the Plastiki crossed the Pacific Ocean following the same trail as the legendary Kon-Tiki expedition of 1947 ... I think Noah would be proud of the team who built this superb boat, led by David de Rothschild.

MRS NOAH'S THOUGHTS ON MR NOAH ... AND THE WEATHER

Mr and Mrs Noah

Still raining. Getting seriously wet here now. The only dry place is in that ark of Noah’s, so I’m really thinking he might have a point when he says that we could move into it. Actually, Noah said that it was God who suggested it, quite forcefully. Noah has always had a bit of a hot line to God and he is of the opinion that God is NOT HAPPY with things around here; with the Nephilim Gang and their fighting and all the bad behaviour. The good side is that the boys and their wives are staying home now, with all these animals to look after. The bad side is that Noah has decided that God requires not just two of every animal on earth, which is hard enough to feed, water and clean out on the ark, but seven pairs of all the clean animals as well! Seven pairs!! Seven pairs of sheep, seven pairs of oxen, seven pairs of chickens, seven pairs of turkeys ... Thanks goodness that so many animals are unclean and we only have to find space for two camels and two elephants ...  The neighbours are finding this hilarious ... But we have the waders and they have the wet feet J ...

Mrs Noah at Project Noah

See you next time…..

Come on! Make your animal mask and sing your heart out ... we want to make this opera  awesome! ... remember to visit again on 30th June!