In rehearsal: Tokaido Road

With the premiere of Tokaido Road at this year’s Cheltenham Festival now only thirteen days away – we hope you’re all as excited as we are in following the daily countdown on the right-hand side! – rehearsals are in full swing.

As well as rehearsing on their own instruments, the multi-instrument-juggling members of Okeanos Ensemble are getting to grips with various new instruments which the score is asking them to play – in the first picture below, Bridget gets to grips with the wonderfully eerie waterphone, whilst composer Nicola Lefanu (left) ponders the sonic possibilities…

Sometimes, you just have to go that extra mile – oboist with Okeanos, Jinny, has constructed her own bamboo-chimes for the performance, after a visit to a well-known home-and-garden retail outlet…

It’s all happening along The Road…

Let’s make an opera: just under three weeks to go

Rehearsals started in earnest yesterday for Tokaido Road, and with the premiere performance at this year’s Cheltenham Festival two weeks this Sunday, excitement is running high amongst the team.

After all the preparations, the funding applications, bureaucratic endeavour and lengthy incubation process, now the real fun begins.  The stage set has been delivered; fabulous costumes have arrived from Japan; the musical and technical teams are assembled, and we’re now in the rehearsal period in earnest.

Literary siblings

Literary siblings

Side by side, too, are the original book of poems on which the opera is based, and the recently-published opera libretto.

Find out more about the Cheltenham Festival premiere on the festival website here.

Not long to go now…