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Gareth Malone Goes to Glyndebourne airs on BBC Two

  • Date: 14 June 2010
  • Area: National, South East
Knight Crew auditions, Tideway School, 2009

Knight Crew auditions, Tideway School, 2009 . Credit: Photo: Dave Illman

Glyndebourne's youth opera stars alongside Gareth Malone in a three-part BBC Two documentary airing this June.

Gareth Malone Goes to Glyndebourne focuses on Knight Crew, the latest commission from Arts Council England regularly funded organisation, Glyndebourne Touring Opera and Education. Arts Council England helped the Knight Crew opera come to life with a £100,000 Grants for the arts award.

The series charts the trials and tribulations as choir master Gareth, of BBC Two's The Choir, and his team lead a talent search across East Sussex's schools, colleges and youth groups. They then spend a year transforming the community participants into professional opera singers.

Knight Crew is inspired by the King Arthur tale and is a gory modern tale of teenage betrayal, revenge, and death. The opera was adapted from the Nicky Singer novel Knight Crew in a co-commission with Singer, composer Julian Philips and director John Fulljames.

Knight Crew premiered at Glyndebourne's opera house in Lewes on 4 March 2010, taking to the stage six professional singers, an orchestra, and a community choir of 120 young people and adults.

Ben Lane, Music Relationship Manager, Arts Council England, says:  'Glyndebourne has a world-class education programme, and it's fantastic that they've been given a broadcast opportunity to showcase their no-concessions approach to producing youth opera.' 

Gareth Malone Goes to Glyndebourne airs on BBC Two on 17 June, 24 June and 1 July at 9pm.