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What you thought of: Pay the Piper

Read a selection of press reviews and audience reactions for Pay the Piper.

our brand new youth opera – pay the piper opened this weekend.

The Glyndebourne Youth Opera and a cast of professional singers came together to tell the tale of the Pied Piper of Hamelin.

Pay the Piper was composed by Anna Appleby, Ninfea Cruttwell-Reade, Cecilia Livingston and Ailie Robertson – the participants in Balancing the Score, our development scheme exclusively for female composers.

Read on to find out what the audience and critics had to say about the production.

Audience Reaction

‘Such a booster to see this wonderful production with these enthusiastic and accomplished young performers. Thank you so much.’

Audience Member

‘This was a fabulous achievement.’

Audience Member

‘Fantastic performance. What a massive achievement – they were all incredible.’

Audience Member

‘Amazing show tonight they all should be very proud.’

Audience Member

What the critics are saying

‘The final words have to go to the cast of young performers, from the very young to the young adults who fill that chorus. Fine voices, excellent performance skills and, ringing out from the arena, some voices of exceptional quality, voices that we may be hearing again and again as this fantastic organisation develop those nascent talents.’
★★★★★

Latest Brighton

‘The full Youth Opera of 63 enthusiastic young people aged 9-17 years, are remarkable. This to a large extent is their show, and there is an electric buzz from them that propels the production.’

Mark Aspen

‘the score flows seamlessly while allowing the musical personalities to shine.’
★★★★

The Stage


If you missed out on seeing Pay the Piper on stage you will have a second chance when we stream a recording of the opera later this year. Sign up to our emails to hear more.

Image credits: Pay the Piper. Photos by Richard Hubert Smith

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