Sunday, 7 February 2010

Knight Crew countdown

The Knight Crew opera at Glyndebourne is on next month, 4–6 March. Composer Julian Philips, librettist Nicky Singer; the cast comprises six professional singers and 60 young singers directed by chorus master Gareth Malone. You can book on the Glyndebourne website or by phoning the box office on 01273 81500.

Or you can win tickets to the opera or gift vouchers by writing a review (250 words max) of Nicky Singer’s novel Knight Crew. Two age-group categories: 12 to 14, 15 to 18. Hand in entries to one of the 39 branches of British Bookshops & Stationers, or email them direct to Nicky. Closing date Saturday, 27 February. Full details on Nicky’s website.

This is a huge event – for Glyndebourne, for the book, and not least for those taking part. One of the chorus members, who had to get through three rounds of auditions, writes: ‘As the rehearsals went on, I would get more and more excited . . . We have had a few rehearsals now, and we saw the set for the first time two weeks ago. The set is incredible! Being part of this opera so far has been amazing. I have loved every second of it.’

Between now and the first schools’ performance on 3 March, you can order the book from the CBe website at a discount of 25% off the cover price: click through as normal, write ‘Glyndebourne’ in the ‘instructions to merchant’ box, and the discount will be refunded.

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