BYO Presents… Steampunk Pirates!

Following last year’s fantastic course and production of A Little Night Music at The Place in Bedford, Bedfordshire Music Trust are excited to announce details of this year’s production of ‘Pirates of Penzance’ by Gilbert and Sullivan… as you’ve never seen it before!

Currently showing at the English National Opera until 25th March!

The Bedfordshire Youth Opera are looking for young singers and actors to enjoy a two-day workshop to introduce you to the show, the production team and each other.

Come along and swash-buckle like Captain Hook, military it up as one of the automaton Police… or have a sing as one of the Major General’s pretty ridiculous daughters – the possibilities are endless!

We are confident that having seen what the Youth Opera has to offer, you will want to take part in the final run at the Place Theatre in the Summer.


Whether you’ve been performing for years or have never sung on stage before, this is a great opportunity for students. You will receive excellent vocal coaching, work with a production team and make new friends.

If you are aged 14 -26 and have a passion for music and/or performance, this is for you!

2017 Course and Production details:

Pirates of Penzance
music and lyrics by Gilbert and Sullivan

WORKSHOP: Saturday 8 – Sunday 9 April | 11am – 7pm | Sundon Park
During the workshop, principal and chorus roles will be selected
CHORUS REHEARSALS: Saturday 15 – Sunday 16 July | 11am – 7pm | Sundon Park
SUMMER COURSE: Sunday 13 – Saturday 27 August | 11am – 7pm | Sundon Park
DRESS REHEARSAL: Monday 28 August | Time TBC | The Place Theatre
PERFORMANCES: Tuesday 29 August – Saturday 2 September | 7.30pm | The Place Theatre

Workshop cost is £20
Students are invited to attend the entire course and pay a remaining deposit of £30
Balance of fee (£200) due by 1 July 2017.

Total cost for each student will be pegged for the third year in a row at £250

Participants may apply for funding from the Friends of Bedfordshire Youth Music in the first instance, if help with funding is needed. FBYM can offer families up to 100% remission of fees where the family has children entitled to Free School Meals or whose household annual income is below £20,000. FBYM can offer support of 75%, 50% and 25% to other families who have a household income of up to £26,000. In exceptional circumstances FBYM can support other students where there is an obvious need. Please find FBYM’s application form and more information here: FBYM Financial Assistance

Please forward this to anyone you know who you think would be interested in taking part in this fantastic opportunity.

We look forward to hearing and seeing you soon!

Bedfordshire Youth Opera Team