The Brundibár Project


June/July 2011

Brundibar logo

The Brundibár project has been a large-scale collaboration between the academy, Chethams School of Music (the UK’s leading under-18 specialist music school), Victoria College Preparatory School, Springfield School, Grainville School, Jersey College for Girls, Les Quennevais School, Victoria College, and the Jersey War Tunnels.


The planning for this began in earnest from January, pictured here is Chris George (JAM), Jane Silvester (VCP), Iain George (Springfield), and Paul Simmonds (Jersey War Tunnels) at an on-site meeting in January:


Brundibar initial meeting


Rehearsals began in the months leading up to the performance week, and pictured here is the combined VCP/Springfield chorus rehearsing, and the combined JAM/Chetham’s orchestra rehearsing with conductor Stephen Threlfall (Director of Music at Chetham’s):


Brundibar Rehearsal 2


Brundibar Orchestra rehearsal


Brundibár is a “childrens opera”, originally performed in 1943 from within the confines of the Jewish ghetto Terezin. The children imprisoned within would go on to perform the work over fifty times. Most of the participants, including the composer Hans Krása, later lost their lives at Auschwitz. On the surface the work presents a colourful story of children joining together to overcome an adult villain, the wicked organ-grinder “Brundibár. But the history surrounding the work gives an insight into the social and political events of the Second World War and Holocaust. Because of the messages lying behind this work a whole range of educational outreach events took place all over the island during the course of the project.


Brundibar 5


Dr Martin Stern, himself a survivor of Terezin, visited many schools to talk about his experiences, and also introduced each performance of Brundibar. There were three performances in total, the first was delivered to one hundred primary school children from various schools, and the following two public performances were both sold out. DVDs of the performance can be obtained from Digital Diggle, and the opening performance was also filmed by Channel Television.

 

Brundibar 4


On behalf of all the organising bodies involved in this rich and varied collaboration, we would like to extend our congratulations to all the children involved, and our sincere thanks to the Jersey War Tunnels for all their assistance, the Jersey Arts Trust for their continued support of Jersey Academy of Music projects, Freddie Cohen for the sponsorship of Dr Martin Stern’s visit, the JADC for help with costumes, and finally to the parents of all the performers for their hard work too!


Brundibar 2

(all photographs courtesy of the Jersey Evening Post)

 

 

– Cast List –

 


Lead Roles

Aninku – Gemma Daubeney

Pepicek – Joseph Barette

Brundibar – Max Treharne

Sparrow – Katie Bastiman

Cat – Laura Clarke

Dog – Rachel Hayden

Policeman – Ruben Maric

Milkman – Charles Blackwell

Baker – Jonathan Kene

Ice-cream Seller – Elisha Hart


Les Quennevais Drama Group

Vicky Doleman

Joanna Le Brocq

Sophie Martin

Rebecca Le Gros

Christina Goncalves


Choir Members from VCP

Billy Baker

Leo Waddington

Jasper Clarke

Tom Pollard

William Wycherley

Jake Clarke

Max Denby

Daniel Hayden

Myles Holmes

Alexander Merren

Carter Weekes

Robert Clark

Viraj Kotedia

Henry Dowling

Morgan Gregory

Max Harrington

Oscar Fitzpatrick-Nash

Angus Hay

Thorston Lane

Ben Le Chevalier

Adam Baluchi

Matthew Daubeney

Oliver De Sousa

Jonathan Heward

Charles Blackwell

Thomas De La Cour

Oscar Barette

Calvin De Louche

Finn Laing


Choir Members from Springfield


Raquel Pinheiro Correia

Chloe Crouch

Bethany Moisan

Courtney Anders

Jonathan Kene

Jessica Jaye Stoneman

Elisha Hart

Deanna De Lemos Cooper

Paige Nichols

Ryan Eccles

Lea Camacho

William Emerson

Wiki Chylinska

Marianna Alves

Shannon O’Callaghan

Nicole Nunes

Suzanne Le Vesconte

Sofia De Freitas

Kaitlin Rabet

Jessica Martins

Cristiana Pereira

Amber Baudains

Jordan Al Fajardo

Holly Noel

Melissa Lewis

Georgia Ferguson

Owen Hiney

Anthony Richardson


Orchestra

Conductor – Stephen Threlfall

Flute – Victoria Rees

Clarinet – Daniel Scriven

Trumpet – Andrew Thompson

Guitar – Iain George

Accordion – James Poingdestre

Percussion – Will Matthews and Jack Chown

Violins:

Emily Earl

Roman Lytwyniw

Nadia Vasileva

Elliot Samphier

Philip Beaugie

Antoinette Tuckwell

Isobel Osborne

Cellos:

Finlay Hare

Aiden Haslam

Double Bass – Ben Taylor-Davies

Piano – Grace Garnier

Vocal Support – Rhiain Taylor and Katie Orchard