'The Three Wayfarers' - A one-act chamber opera based on the play of the same name by Thomas Hardy. (Duration approx. 50 minutes) 12-14 Singers. Scored for Flute, 2 Clarinets, Bassoon, String Quintet and Double-Bass. The piece is intended to be a fusion of folk-music and operatic music - for trained singers who can deliver a style of singing sympathetic to folk-song. Contains one short folk-song and some traditional dance tunes from Hardy's own tune book. Not too dissimilar to the musical sound-world established by Vaughan Williams in 'Hugh The Drover'. Libretto by the composer based largely on the original play script, but also utilising aspects of the original story by Thomas Hardy. 'The Three Wayfarers' was first performed by Opera Anywhere (www.operaanywhere.com ) in February 2015 (director: Paula Chitty) in a workshop performance at the Unicorn Theatre, Abingdon.
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- 'The Proposal' - A comic one-act opera based on a short play by Chekhov - which can either be performed with a small orchestra, or in small venues in a version scored for just a piano and flute (optional double-bass). Written for a small cast of just three singers. About 40 mins. duration. First performed by Irrational Theatre Opera Company (director: Paula Chitty) at The King's Head Theatre, Islington and at The Abbey Theatre, St. Albans. (February, 2018). Cast: Laurence Panter, Lucy Elston and Andrew Sparling. Musicians: Abi Clarke (flute) and John Whittaker (piano)
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- 'Vincent' - A full-length play with music based on the life and work of the painter Vincent Van Gogh. Words and lyrics by Alf Williams. Music for a small rock-type ensemble with vocalists. Performed at The Wyvern Theatre, April 1989. A CD of the songs with extracts of the play is now available on Amazon: 'Vincent' audio CD
Click on the play button below - to hear 'Sunflowers' sung live from one of the performances by Marianne Segal.
- 'The Selfish Giant' - A Mini-Opera/ Musical for Young Children based on the story by Oscar Wilde – (Duration approx. 45 mins) Words by Alf Williams. Scored for Flute, String Quartet, Double-bass, Piano and a large variety of children's percussion instruments. Optional children's choir. Some spoken dialogue. The two lead characters could be taken by either older children or adults. Suitable for Primary Schools. Performed successfully by several schools after the original performance at the Liverpool Garden Festival in 1983. A version is also available for professional theatre performance with a cast of just 4 adult performers with piano, percussion and flute.