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Noyes Fludde Noah's Flood

Tours by decade

1990s - 1 tour

1991 - Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Fully Staged with Orchestra

2010s - 4 tours

2013 - Cromarty Youth Opera
Fully Staged, reduced orchestration
2013 - BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra (BBC SSO)
Concert performance
2015 - Aberdeen International Youth Festival
Fully Staged with Orchestra
2016 - Music Co-OPERAtive Scotland
Fully Staged with Orchestra

Tours by location


Benjamin Britten (born Lowestoft, 12 November 1913; died Aldeburgh, 4 December 1976.


Anon - Episode in Chester Miracle Plays.


Medieval English Miracle Plays, Moralities and Interludes (ed A W Pollard).



First Performance: Orford (Orford Church), 18 June 1958.

First Performance in Scotland: tbc.

Scottish Opera premiere: N/A.



Noye's Fludde is the largest piece composed by Britten with children in mind as the performers. Only three of the soloists are intended for adult professional performers, along with some of the orchestral players. Noah's family and the pairs of animals (as many as possible), are played by children, and the episodes telling the story are interspersed with popular hymns in which the audience joins. It is a thoroughly enjoyable way in which to involve a community in assembling a performance, with the basically naive style of design - costumes and animal masks being made by the children and their parents - all adding to the charm.


Main characters

Noah (bass)

Mrs Noah (mezzo-soprano)

The Voice of God (speaker)

The Cast

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