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15 August 2013
Cromarty Youth Opera debuts with performance of 'Noye's Fludde'

For the second night, an enthusiastic audience gave a standing ovation for Cromarty Youth Opera's performance of Benjamin Britten's 'Noye's Fludde'.

The newly-formed company is the inspiration of recently-arrived Cromarty resident and international choral conductor Edward Caswell. He has recruited local children between the ages of 6 and 24 to form a company of 30 singers. The part of Noah is sung by Andrew McTaggart of the Emerging Artists Scheme at Scottish Opera. Cromarty's Miranda Evans is Mrs Noah.

Local adults and children make up the orchestra, artistic, and production teams under the direction of company manager Clare Caswell and stage manager David Cowan.

The Middleton Trust and Creative Scotland provided financial funding for the project.

The final performance will be tomorrow evening at 7.00pm in Cromarty West Church. Tickets are free and may be obtained from the Emporium, High Street, Cromarty or at the door. Donations are welcome.

David Ross, Cromarty's Highland Correspondent of The Herald gives further background to Cromarty Youth Opera in his article of 5 August.

As this evening's audience left the church, they had the surreal experience of seeing a rainbow stretched between the Sutors — a promising sign for the future success of Cromarty Youth Opera.

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