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The opera, A King’s Ransom, offers an unusual twist on the well-known story of Robin Hood. It explores what happens when Robin is unable to save the dayand instead the community must look within itself for answers to its problems.
The opera was originally written in 1994 and, twenty-one years on, Patrick and brother Andy, the opera’s librettist, have returned to this work with fresh eyes and are collaborating with Into Opera to revise and expand the work. Together they aim to develop A King’s Ransom into a National Education Project. Into Opera are embarking on this journey in partnership with the Prince’s Foundation for Children and the Arts.
A King’s Ransom is an opera written especially for children to sing. Each time this opera is staged we aim to work with four schools; integrating, collaborating, working side by side and learning from each other with this opera at its core.The characters in the opera clearly split into four chorus sections: the villagers, soldiers, bagmen and masons. Each of these chorus sections will be sung by a separate school.
Born in Grimsby, Patrick Hawes is an English composer who has made his mark as a torchbearer of the English musical tradition of Vaughan Williams and Delius. He first came to public recognition in 2002 with the release of his debut album Blue in Blue. This was made CD of the Week on Classic FM and Patrick consequently became the Classic FM Composer in Residence from 2006-7. In 2010 he composed the Highgrove Suite for HRH The Prince of Wales which was premiered at Highgrove House by the Philharmonia. In recent years he has worked with some of the country’s finest musicians and in 2013 signed a three-album record deal with Decca Records. The first album with them is released in March 2014. Entitled Angel it features the Choir of New College Oxford, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra as well as guest soloists. Patrick is currently working on two large-scale works to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War. The first is The Angel of Mons and the second is a work based on the life and death of nurse Edith Cavell.
For up to date details on Patrick’s work visit www.patrickhawes.com