Audience member, Consett

We wish to place on record our appreciation of the Riverside Plays Opera evening at Consett on July 11th. We had not been to an opera or brass concert before but we thoroughly enjoyed it. It was light, in parts humorous and the music and singing was truly enjoyable. We feel fortunate that we were able to experience this concert so near to home, as anything comparable, we believe we should have had to travel to London to see.

i.o_white_FINAL_.jpgOur Board of Trustees has recently undergone a change in personnel. Lord Derek Foster, Kingsley Smith and Rob Yorke have all had to resign their positions on our Board owing to pressure of work in their constantly busy lives.

We are delighted to announce the appointment of three new Board members:

  • Jonathan Peacock lives in Hamsterley and is a business consultant. 
  • Dr James Harrison has just retired from his position as a general practitioner in Durham. As well as his role as a research fellow in Christian Theology at Durham University, he is also an inveterate opera-lover.

We are of course delighted to retain the services of well-know baritone Sir Thomas Allen and Nicholas Payne, Director of Opera Europa - (the professional association of opera houses and festivals in Europe) who are members of our original Board.

We are thrilled and excited by this outstanding new line-up of Trustees and know that all our InterOpera supporters will join us in extending a very warm welcome to our new Board Members.

We are also delighted to welcome Steve Robson to our team. Steve is our brass band adviser and transcribes all our music for band with his amazing flair for changing orchestral texture into exciting and challenging arrangements for brass.