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Opening Night Success for The Ballad of Salomon Pavey

Last night (Thursday 13 June), 23 talented singers and actors from the First to Fourth Form took to the stage for the opening performance of The Ballad of Salomon Paveydirected by its creator, Jeremy James Taylor OBE. 

Jeremy heard the Vaughan's Schola Cantorum perform on BBC Radio 3 and was so impressed that he contacted Ms Drury, Head of Drama & Teacher of English, to arrange a possible collaboration.

Jeremy is the founder of the National Youth Music Theatre and was awarded an OBE in 2010 for 'services to young people and musical theatre'. It has been an honour for our pupils to work alongside him. 

His ballad opera is based on a true story of Chapel Royal chorister Salomon Pavey and focuses on two rival troops of boy actors in the Elizabethan era. Presented originally in 1976, when it won The Scotsman Fringe First Award at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the original cast included a 13 year old Jasper Britton.

Cardinal Vaughan's production features renaissance music from the Music Theatre International, directed by Scott Price, Director of MusicIt also features the original period costumes designed by Sheila Darlington, Costume Designer for the National Youth Music Theatre.

Tonight's performance (Friday 14 June) is almost sold out, so please book your tickets now to avoid disappointment. This production is not to be missed. 

The full cast and crew can be found here. Congratulations to all involved!

The Ballad of Salomon Pavey