Captain Blood’s Revenge: A Pirate Opera , a studio opera for children aged 7 – 10 commissioned by Glyndebourne, has been nominated in the Stage Works category of the 2014 British Composer Awards . It is the second consecutive year that a Glyndebourne commission has been a finalist in this category following last year’s nomination for its 2013 community opera, Imago .
Created by the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA) in 2003, the British Composer Awards seek to promote the art of composition, to recognise the creative talent of composers and sound artists, and to bring their music to a wider audience.
Captain Blood’s Revenge was composed by Lynne Plowman with a libretto by Martin Riley and was performed by Glyndebourne as part of its Performances for Schools initiative during the 2013 Glyndebourne Tour. It tells the tale of Salty Sue, landlady of The Blasted Bilge Rat, a rowdy harbourside inn, her daughter Pegatty and Pegatty’s father, the fearsome former pirate Billy Bone who has vanished on a dangerous quest.Captain Blood’s Revenge in nominated alongside Dart’s Love, composed by Kerry Andrew and commissioned by Tete a Tete Opera Festival, and Jon Opstad’s dance theatre piece IGNIS, commissioned by The Print Room in London.
The winning works in each category will be announced at the British Composer Awards ceremony on Tuesday, 2 December at Goldsmiths Hall, London. The ceremony will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on Saturday, 6 December 2014.
An original Glyndebourne commission in a co-production with “Brighton Festival” , Captain Blood’s Revenge was supported by investment from Glyndebourne’s New Generation Programme, including the generous support of Dr and Mrs John and Jo Padfield.