Actor Samuel West joins Harrogate pupils on stage

Some of the cast from Harrogate Grammar School's Noye's Fludde with their creative animal heads. (S)
Some of the cast from Harrogate Grammar School's Noye's Fludde with their creative animal heads. (S)

A top actor will join schoolchildren from across Harrogate to perform an opera composed by Benjamin Britten at St Wilfrid’s Church.

Harrogate Grammar School has organised the performances, which mark 100 years since the death of the composer.

Actor Samuel West, of Howards End fame is playing God. He will be joined on stage by students from St Peter’s, Western, Rossett Acre, Pannal, Oatlands and North Rigton primaries, as well as Prince Henry’s Grammar School, in Otley.

The role of Noah will be played by opera singer John Cunningham.

Mr West said: “I am very excited to be a part of this wonderful community project and to be returning to Harrogate where I did a concert at the extraordinary Royal Hall a few years back, and I’ve been wanting to come back ever since.”

HGS Headteacher Richard Sheriff said: “Headteacher, Richard Sheriff from Harrogate Grammar School said; “As a school we are extremely proud to be taking a lead role in this amazing production and delighted to be working in partnership not only with superb actors, artists and musicians but also other enthusiastic members of the wider community.

“For the young people involved this is perhaps a once in a lifetime opportunity to perform alongside elite professionals, made even more special by the unique and beautiful venue. For those lucky enough to get a ticket this will be a joy to see, hear and participate in.”

Performances are on Friday at 7pm and Saturday at 11am.