Main sponsor - East Lindsey Distric Council
The concert was inspired by the bee poetry of Sylvia Plath and Jo Shapcott and the scientific work of bumblebee biologist Mark Brown.
Texts have been drawn from original sources including famous beekeepers Leo Tolstoy, Marcus Aurelius, Francis Bacon, Emily Dickinson and others.
Fame is a bee.
In an exciting and ambitious collaboration between the worlds of art and science, Royal Holloway University of London, presented in March 2013 the world première of a new one-act opera by composer Kelvin Thomson, Silence of the Bees: A Science Opera, based on the work of scientist and bee expert Dr Mark Brown.
What happens when a scientist wants to tell the world about a crisis but the world isn’t interested? And when even science may not have all the answers? Others may hold the truth: how can the science facts be separated from the science fiction? Mixing verbatim material with poetry by Jo Shapcott and Liz Bahs, this brand new opera, addressed a little-understood crisis, was daring, thrilling and funny.
Mark Brown is a leading figure in current research into the dangerous decline in bee populations in Britain, and has been instrumental in re-introducing species to this country.
Performed by a professional cast and musicians, The Silence of the Bees was innovative, accessible and thought-provoking, providing a new way of communicating science and challenging our ideas of what science, art and opera really are.
As part of The Louth Festival of the Bees, Transition Town Louth is delighted to present a concert performance from the opera. Hybrid Pollination is sung by members of the original cast with the addition of tenor, Paddy Ashcroft. Supporting the work will be Louth's own Kate Witney singing her own selection of Songs of Bees and Flowers.
Hazel Adams - Wildlife Painting
We—Bee and I—live by the quaffing—
Kate Witney - Soprano
Danae Eleni – Soprano
Sophie Yelland – Mezzo Soprano
Patrick Ashcroft – Tenor
Kelvin Thomson - ComposerWyn Hyland - Musical Director
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