Amy Johnson: The Musical

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BRIDLINGTON singers who would like to take part in a musical about Amy Johnson should hurry along to the Spa this Tuesday evening.

Wingbeats, the East Riding project for the Cultural Olympiad, is looking for people to join the community choir for its world premiere production, Amy’s Last Dive.

The musical tells the story of famous aviator and local girl Amy Johnson – who was born in Hull but spent her summers in Bridlington, affectionately calling it ‘Dear old Brid’. She was one of the early celebrities, leading a life of adventure that ended in tragedy when her plane crashed into the Thames in 1941, when she was just 37. Her body was never recovered.

Lead artist Adam Strickson said: “We are now well on the way with Amy’s Last Dive, our opera based on aspects of local girl Amy Johnson’s life, with music by British Composer of the Year 2012, Cheryl Frances-Hoad.

“The chorus will sing two sections, one based in 1934 and one in 2010, with a version of the popular song ‘Amy, wonderful Amy’ to sing as well as other pieces.”

Talented pianist and singer Emily Smith will be the choir director. Emily was involved with Opera North’s ‘Beached’ with the children’s choir.

Interested performers should go along to the Spa on Tuesday, March 13 at 7pm to find out more.

The performances will be in Leeds on Thursday, June 28 and Friday, June 29, and then in Bridlington at The Spa Theatre on Friday, July 6 at 1.30pm and 7.30pm. A coach will be provided for the Leeds performances and for a rehearsal in Leeds.