On 27th - 29th Aug St Paul's Church was transformed into a children's playroom and a wild forest full of dark creatures for The Children's Opera.

The director Alexander Medem took his audience on a magical journey with the Orchestra of St Paul's and The Syred Consort, conducted by Ben Palmer, performing Maurice Ravel's little masterpiece L'Enfant et les Sortileges and a world premiere of new music theatre by Miguel Kersman titled O'Saci.

Using dance, physical theatre and mask, we presented Ravel's parable about the adventures of a naughty little boy, and matched this with a Brazilian folk myth about a wild woodland trickster.

The Ravel was presented with a full cast of 10 singers and a reduced orchestration of 2 pianos, flute and cello. The story, acted out physically on the stage by a group of six physical performers, had opera singers, chorus-like, providing the voice to the movement. The Kertsman was a piece of pure musical theatre filled with dance and the rythmn of the Brazilian capoeira.

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