New community opera will celebrate pier’s 150th birthday

PUBLISHED: 08:00 23 June 2019

Clevedon Choral performing on Clevedon Pier.

Clevedon Choral performing on Clevedon Pier.


An exciting new community opera will be performed to mark the 150th anniversary of Clevedon Pier.

Musical director and administrator Elinor Cooper.Musical director and administrator Elinor Cooper.

Time And Tide will map the extraordinary life of the pier from its conception, heyday, decline and destruction to its triumphant recovery against all the odds of opposition and erosion.

North Somerset Music Service, which is funded by Arts Council England, is writing and performing with the community to celebrate the pier but also Clevedon, which is at the heart of the pier's survival.

Composer Mark Lawrence and poet Claire Williamson will be working with the five Clevedon primary schools; St Nicholas Chantry, All Saints, Yeo Moor, St Johns and Mary Elton on words and music for songs they will be singing.

Clevedon School is composing a soundscape and a fanfare and local amateur musicians will play alongside the professionals.

Clevedon Choral performing on Clevedon Pier.Clevedon Choral performing on Clevedon Pier.

Performers will include the Lions Brass Ensemble, baritone Martine Le Poidevin and soprano Esther Mallett.

Clevedon Choral Society will also be joining in as they welcome new members for the project.

The opera will be performed at the Clevedon Community Centre, in Princes Road, on October 24-25.

In the build up to the event, Time And Tide is encouraging people to get involved.

A spokesman said: "Whether you wish to be a contributor, singer or a spectator, Time And Tide holds something for everyone who loves Clevedon, its pier and the community.

"It can be for someone whose lives are entwined with the elements, the sea, and the sights and sounds of the past, present and future waterfront."

Clevedon Pier marked its 150th with an extravagant birthday party on May Bank Holiday weekend.

It featured live music, dance, stalls, food and finished with a big bang with a firework display from the end of the pier.

The writers are interested to include voices of Clevedon's residents describing the pier and their relationship with it.

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