Budapest Festival Orchestra
News February 25, 2013

Noah's Ark sets sail for the last time

Interactive children's opera shares joy of playing music with 4500 primary school kids

On 22 February the Budapest Festival Orchestra, the choir of the Schola Cantorum Budapestiensis and the orchestra comprising pupils at music schools in Pest country performed Benjamin Britten's children's opera Noye's Fludde for the last time in the Szent Angéla Primary School in Budapest.

Last year the Budapest Festival Orchestra presented this work during the Mahler Festival in the Palace of Arts, before the young team debuted in Pécs at the Kodály Centre. Thereafter, the story of Noah and his ark was performed in 7 schools in Budapest and towns around the country to audiences of all ages.

The interactive opera directed and conducted by György Philipp involved almost 4,500 school pupils in the performance as the young audience were not just spectators, they were also active participants in the production. This is because the performance contains several songs that are well known in English-speaking countries, and so the audiences were able to learn them with the help of György Philipp before the production started, and then join in later on.

The Budapest Festival Orchestra considers it important to encourage children and young people to learn about and love classical music, and it takes great pleasure in presenting this genre to them through the various programmes. Alongside Noye's Fludde there is also a music film competition, schools can attend rehearsals and next season there will be a new piece to continue the series of children's operas.