Community Opera Still Looking for a HAM

With just a few weeks to go before the start of an ambitious new arts festival, the organisers of a community opera are looking for someone to play ‘Ham’ for a production of Benjamin Britten’s ‘Noyes Fludde’.

The opera, which has welcomed members of the community between the ages of 8 to 80 into its ranks, will be staged as part of the ‘How Great Thou Art’ arts festival which takes place in October.

Organised by Churches Together in Earlsdon and Chapelfields (CTEC) the festival is hoping to offer something ‘creative, fun and thought-provoking’ with the highlight of the festival being the performance of the opera.

Rachel Owen, the musical director, is hoping that someone in the local community will take up the Ham challenge!
Rachel said:

“I am sure there is a boy or girl treble singer out there who would like to be involved. It is a great part and easy to learn. The best thing about it is the fact that it is a community production and we are having so much fun rehearsing for it. We just need one more singer to join us to take on the role of Ham.”

The production of Noyes Fludde is just one of many arts events taking place between 1 – 17 October 2015. All of the events have been organised by community groups to encourage people to come together and take part.

Rev. David Sutcliffe from Hearsall Baptist Church said:
“There is so much that has been packed into the two weeks including steel band workshops, icon displays, film nights, craft fair and food market, variety concert, a folk night and much more. As it is our first arts festival, everyone has pulled out the stops to make sure there is something for everyone to enjoy.

“This is an ambitious festival fortnight and one that I hope will be enjoyed by people across the city but especially those living and working in Earlsdon and Chapelfields. The churches in this area have a strong track record of collaborating on events and we see this very much as an extension of that good work.”

For a full list of the events taking place during the fortnight, visit the festival website at
There will be two performances of Noye’s Fludde at St. Barbara’s Church in Earlsdon and for more information about the opera, especially if you’re a singer interested in singing the part of Ham, contact Rachel Owen direct via email at or call on 01926 851568