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Opera For All The Family As Dr Ferret Comes To Hull!
Opera North Youth Chorus. Photo by Justin Slee
There's a chance for all the family to experience the thrill of opera in Hull this month as Opera North Youth Company head to Middleton Hall to perform Dr Ferret's Bad Medicine Roadshow, a musical version of Hilaire Belloc's classic Cautionary Tales.

The Opera North Youth Company comprises young singers and aspiring orchestral players from in and around Leeds. It grew out of the Opera North Youth Chorus, a group of 14 to 19-year-olds who meet weekly at Opera North, one of Europe's leading arts organisations, to explore their creativity and gain practical experience in music, singing, drama, composition and direction under the guidance of professional artists.

For this occasion, they have been joined by a more recently formed ensemble of young musicians who have been honing their skills on their chosen instruments under the guidance of highly experienced tutors and members of the Orchestra of Opera North.

The Youth Company will perform Dr Ferret's Bad Medicine Roadshow at 7.30pm in Middleton Hall on Saturday 22 July. Written by composer Stephen Deazley, the one act opera follows Dr Ferret and his Sweetheart as they set out to discover just how mischievous today's children really are.

As the couple's adventure unfolds, the doctor tells the curious story of Matilda whose compulsive lies led to a terrible fire, Henry King who ate too much string, Jim who had a rather unfortunate encounter with a lion, and George, a small boy who manages to create a large amount of trouble.

Jacqui Cameron, Opera North Education Director, said:

"Our Youth Company are delighted to be performing at Middleton Hall, particularly during Hull 2017 UK City of Culture.


"At Opera North, we aim to give young people as many opportunities as possible to become involved with music whether they prefer singing or playing an instrument - and to broaden their musical horizons by arranging performances not only in their home city but throughout the UK and overseas. By doing so, we hope to create lifelong memories and to inspire a lasting love of music among all the young people who take part."

Tickets for Dr Ferret's Bad Medicine Roadshow are available for £8 (concessions available): hullboxoffice.com/events/dr-ferrets-bad-medicine-roadshow. The performance is suitable for all the family and lasts around an hour.

After its performance at Middleton Hall, the ONYC will take the production to the Robin Howard Dance Theatre in London as part of the Tête à Tête Festival. Later in the year, the young people are travelling to Denmark to join Den Jyske Opera Education for three performances in Aarhus, 2017 European Capital of Culture, as part of the 2017 GrowOp! Festival.

Opera North Youth Chorus is supported by The Holbeck Charitable Trust, The Liz and Terry Bramall Foundation and the Backstage Trust. Opera North's education programme is supported by Opera North Future Fund and The Whitaker Charitable Trust.

Opera For All The Family As Dr Ferret Comes To Hull!, 14th July 2017, 15:17 PM