‘A whole pile of things, only things that matter’

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What is the Pile of Meaning?

At the centre of Glyndebourne’s new youth opera Nothing is a Pile of Meaning.

‘One day in school, Pierre stands up and says there’s no meaning, everything is meaningless, and he walks out. The rest of the kids try and think of ways they could prove him wrong,’ explains composer David Bruce.

Librettist Glyn Maxwell continues the story: ‘At the heart of the opera is this thing called the Pile of Meaning that the kids decide they’re going to build to prove Pierre wrong. The idea being that if they all give up things that they love, they’ll all weep and it will prove that these things meant a lot to them.’

‘I can’t imagine a world without him’

In the clips below members of Glyndebourne Youth Opera share their items for the Pile of Meaning.

Add your item to the Pile of Meaning

Share your item for the Pile of Meaning on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram using the hashtag #PileOfMeaning for a chance to win one of five pairs of tickets to see Nothing at Glyndebourne in February.

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