A Buxton International Festival production, with schools from the High Peak and Derbyshire.
Oppression, uprising, euphoria and a new world order. In such uncertain times, never has it been more important to listen to the next generation and encourage them to raise their voices to be heard.
First performed by Cape Town Opera to communities throughout South Africa, The Orphans of Koombu combines opera, musical theatre and African harmonies in a work about oppression and freedom.
Three travellers, Sticks, Sophia and Silas set out on journey to the mysterious town of Koombu. They meet a group of young people digging holes, who run from them in terror. Sticks discovers that the townsfolk are hiding a dark secret which threatens to destroy the town. The land responds to this betrayal of its youth by drying the rivers and springs. Can the three travellers inspire the orphans and bring harmony and healing to an artificially fractured society?
Fri 12 Jul – Anthony Gell School
Sat 13 Jul – New Mills School and St Philip Howard Catholic Voluntary Academy
Mon 15 Jul – Hope Valley College, St Thomas More Catholic School & Mad Hatters Choir
Tue 16 Jul – St Thomas More Catholic School, Hope Valley College & Mad Hatters Choir
Wed 17 Jul – Buxton Community School
Fri 19 Jul – Buxton Community School
Sat 20 Jul – The Tinderbox Performing Arts
Thanks to the Koombu Syndicate and:
LG Harris Trust
Derbyshire Music Hub
Devonshire Educational Trust
Andre Bernheim Charitable Trust
D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust
Derbyshire County Council
Tesco Bags of Help
Mark Burns, Director
Born in Buxton, Mark Burns works extensively as a director of opera and in 2015 founded The Opera Box, a new company that stages rarely performed operas with small casts and staged song repertoire. He staged the company’s sell-out first production, Open the Box, as part of the Totally Thames Festival in 2016 and returned in 2017 directing a new production of Mozart’s The Impresario and Lambert’s new semi-opera The Oval Portrait.
Tom Newall, Conductor
After studies at Durham University and at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, British conductor Tom Newall is currently Music Director of Blackburn Music Society, Salford Choral Society and Leeds Youth Opera, and is the Artistic Director of Piccadilly Symphony Orchestra. Tom founded Piccadilly Symphony Orchestra in early 2014 to give aspiring professional musicians and conductors the opportunity to play a wide range of repertoire in a high quality ensemble, helping to bridge the gap between a player’s studies and professional orchestras.
Book & lyrics
Sticks, Daniella Sicari
Daniella is an Australian/British soprano who completed her postgraduate studies at the Royal Northern College of Music. Daniella is the recipient of numerous prizes and awards which include the WA Young People & The Arts International Award, Amanda Roocroft Prize, The Joyce & Michael Kennedy Strauss Prize, John Cameron Award for Lieder, The Elizabeth Harwood Prize and Robin Kay Memorial Prize.
Sophia, Fiona Finsbury
Soprano Fiona Finsbury trained at the RNCM School of Vocal Studies and Opera under the tutelage of Jane Irwin. She has a particular interest in contemporary opera, and recently performed the role of Hanna in the world premiere of Adam Gorb’s opera, The Path To Heaven, at the Howard Assembly Rooms in Leeds.
Silas, Edward Robinson
Edward is a baritone, based in the North West of England, currently studying for his Master of Music postgraduate degree at the Royal Northern College of Music. Edward’s passion for opera has lead him to perform in a number of innovative productions during his career. He has performed with Dorset Opera festival, Clonter Opera and was a Young Artist at Buxton International Festival, 2018.
Beadle, Andrew Masterson
Judge, Einar Steffanson
Policeman, Peter Lidbetter
Innkeeper, Rhiannon Doogan
Townsfolk, Jordan Harding Pointon
Townsfolk, Molly Barker