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Following the sell-out premiere performances of the community opera, Alban, in St Albans Cathedral in 2009
the production moves to St Alban the Martyr, Holborn, 20-23 October 2010.

This 90 minute community opera, written by composer Tom Wiggall and librettist, John Mole, is professionally and spectacularly staged
involving 100 performers and is directed by Royal Shakespeare Company’s Beckie Mills.

Alban is a doctor, a family man, living in Roman occupied Verulamium (later St Albans) when one night there is a knock on his door.
Alban’s decision that fateful night begins a chain reaction which ends in the destruction of a man and the heartbreak of his family.
The dramatic and fast moving story is told using intimate scenes of family life interspersed with great crowd choruses in a market place
and court room with the audience joining in at the climax of the opera.

The opera needs choruses of adults and children and has been written to encourage engagement at all levels of musical ability and for all ages.

The children’s chorus will be drawn from St Alban the Martyr primary school whose pupils are an 84% ethnic mix between them speaking 26 languages.
The inspiring headteacher has tremendous enthusiasm for this project as it offers pupils a once-in-a-lifetime’s experience as well as involving parents in school life.

The adult choruses will come from City choirs – from banks, insurance companies, hospitals, retail head offices and publishing houses.
This project celebrates so much good but often unheralded outreach work by London companies and organisations which are supporting this project.

This exciting mix of performers working with professional singers and an orchestra of 22 players gives the opera its buzz and relevance
– truly a community opera – and an enduring memory for both participants and audiences.

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