Simon Rattle conducts “Noye’s Fludde”
21 Apr 2013
10 years of the Berliner Philharmoniker’s Education Programme
Members of the Berliner Philharmoniker
Sir Simon Rattle
Noye’s Fludde, children’s opera (59 min.)
Pupils from Berlin primary and secondary school, Professional and amateur musicians, Simon Halsey Artistic Direction Choir, Jasmina Hadziahmetovic Stage Direction, Raphael Haeger Artistic Direction Amateur Orchestra, Soloists of the Staats- und Domchors Berlin and the Children’s Chorus of Deutsche Oper Berlin, Thomas Quasthoff Speaker (Voice of God), Günter Papendell Bass Baritone (Noye), Judith Simonis Alto (Noye's Wife)
Music with young people that is as much fun for the performers as the audience was the hallmark of the legendary dance projects of the Berliner Philharmoniker’s education programme. Just what electricity there can be between the Berliner Philharmoniker, young amateur singers and audience in a vocal performance was demonstrated in this 10th anniversary concert, which included Benjamin Britten’s children’s opera Noye’s Fludde.
There were many reasons for the cheers that greeted this performance: First, there is Britten’s wonderful, sprightly score, full of catchy tunes but never simplistic. Then there was the imaginative staging by Jasmina Hadziahmetovic which included an ark of shopping bags, and of course the fabulous musicians: from chief conductor Sir Simon Rattle and choir master Simon Halsey, to the members of the Berliner Philharmoniker and the many young amateur musicians in the orchestra and in the choir. But above all, it was the shared joy of making music that for a decade now has characterised the education programme of the Berliner Philharmoniker.