Thursday July 6 2017

Every month, a member of staff from the Britten-Pears Foundation chooses their favourite item or object from the collections. This month Company Secretary Amanda Arnold selects the Noye’s Fludde display of memorabilia in The Gallery:

‘Around 1966, in my second year at secondary school, I took part in my first major musical event, a staged production of Noye’s Fludde – as one of the animals. The experience had a lasting impact on me and with a strong music department we also performed A Ceremony of Carols every year. In 2008 I again had the opportunity to play treble recorder in some performances of Noye’s Fludde, celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the first performance and taking place in the same venue, Orford Church. In 2013, in Colchester, I organised two performances involving school children, a youth orchestra, handbell ringers and a local popular actor – great fun and I got to play the slung mugs this time! I hope the experience had as great an impression on everyone as my early performance did.

On display, as well as some of the original masks, we have some copies available for you to try and you are welcome to hit the mugs as well (gently!). We can often hear them being played whilst working in the back office!

This work continues to be performed the world over, with some very creative settings, including Belfast Zoo and Beijing which you can watch on YouTube now.’