Into the Harbour, Carry Me Home

22 November 2013

A child sings a strange song in the middle of a latin lesson; another loses their bearings amongst the rock pools and finds they are out of their depth; a child sick of being 'good' steals some money from their mother's purse. Vulnerability is exposed, decisions are made. A lighthouse shines across a deserted beach and a group of children emerge from the sea like watery guides...

Drawing together some of Britten's most famous operatic work (including music from Peter Grimes, The Turn of the Screw, Billy Budd and Albert Herring) and a selection of the songs from Friday Afternoons, Into the Harbour will explore the moments of decision or dilemma faced by young people: the moments when they discover what they are made of, when they must choose to sink or swim.

Inspired by the themes and images that reverberate throughout Britten's work Into the Harbour explores the journey between childhood and adolescence, the shifts in the experiences of young people that move them from initial consciousness to the dawning of self-awareness and an understanding of the lives they want to live.

Into the Harbour will be performed by Glyndebourne Youth Opera Groups 1 and 2 and an ensemble of musicians conducted by Lee Reynolds. The piece has been devised by Lucy Bradley, Lea Cornthwaite, Freya Wynn Jones, Lee Reynolds, Bern O'Donoghue and the young people involved in these groups.

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The Glyndebourne Youth Opera, Groups 1 and 2

Directors: Lucy Bradley and Freya Wynn-Jones

Music Directors: Lea Cornthwaite and Lee Reynolds

Visual Artist: Bern O’Donoghue

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