Chetham's School of Music Ensemble, Benjamin Britten: Noye's Fludde
St Peter's Church
Bridge Road
TQ14 0DB
United Kingdom
Type: Concert
Date: Thursday 20 June 2013
Start Time: 7.00pm
Host Organisation: Shaldon Festival
Box Office Contact: Malcolm Watson
Box Office Email:
Box Office Telelphone: 01626 873492

Ticket Information: £5

Noye's Fludde
Director: Tony Lidington
Conductor: Stephen Threlfall
Noye: Julian Rippon
Mrs Noye:Helen Haviland
Voice of God: Leon Winston
Chetham's School of Music Ensemble


To mark the centenary of Benjamin Britten’s birth on 22 November 2013, this year’s Shaldon Festival opened with an outstanding performance of Noye’s Fludde.

This opera was specially written for community production by Benjamin Britten, one of England’s foremost 20th century composers. Promoted by the Shaldon Festival, and supported by The Helen Foundation and six other Trusts including that of the D’Oyly Carte, this venture involved young people from Chetham’s School of Music, Manchester – one of the UK’s leading music schools – and over 80 youngsters from local schools including Hazeldown, Our Lady and St Patrick, Shaldon, Stokeinteignhead and Dawlish and Teignmouth Community Schools. Led by Director Tony Lidington and Chetham’s Director of Music Stephen Threlfall, and featuring professional singers Julian Rippon and Helen Haviland in the lead roles of Mr and Mrs Noah, this full-scale production in St Peter’s Church, Shaldon even included a flood that engulfed the audience, a raven and a dove flying through the nave and a rainbow appearing magically to light up the inside of the church. You had to be there…

A year in the planning and three months in the making, this was a superb production and the young people rose to the challenge of the occasion. With set and bird and animal head-dresses created by the children themselves with guidance from designers Gin Farrow-Jones and Karen Abadie, the production was visually exciting as well as musically outstanding. Over 750 metres of ribbon were used in the event! It was a true community venture, with support from the Shaldon Singers, and an age range from 8 to 80 among the performers.

Roger Kirk

We are most grateful for the generous support of

Father Ashley Lewin Manhire Bequest
Chetham’s School of Music and the Britten-Pears Foundation
Devon County Council Councillor’s Fund
D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust
The Golsoncott Foundation
The Helen Foundation
The Marjorie and Geoffrey Jones Charitable Trust

Parking Map for St Peter's Church, Shaldon


St Peter’s Church, Bridge Road, Shaldon, TQ14 0DB


1. Long Stay Public Carpark ½ mile from the church, reached through the village or off the A379 coast road to Torquay, postcode TQ14 0HP – 381 spaces, “pay & display” during the day but free after 6.00pm. Allow 15 minutes for the blue walking route shown.
2. Short Stay Public Carpark, opposite the church, postcode TQ14 0BP – 48 spaces, “pay & display” subject to a short stay 4 hour limit during the day but free after 6.00pm.
3. Extra parking – limited space adjoining the recreation ground reached from Ringmore Road but with easy pedestrian access to the Church along the estuary embankment. If using this area, please park “tidily” to maximise the usable space; this area is only available for parking as a special arrangement for the Festival.


Please telephone Malcolm Watson on 01626 873492 if you need help with letting someone alight at the church and/or need seating space for a wheelchair. In addition, there are a very few parking spaces close to the church which we can reserve for those with mobility difficulties on a first come, first served, basis.