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Prebendal Casts Best-Selling Writer Kate Mosse

Posted on: 12 Nov 2018

The Prebendal is delighted to reveal that the celebrated Chichester author, Kate Mosse OBE, is to join its ambitious production of Noye's Fludde as The Voice of God.

Kate, who divides her time between Chichester and Carcassonne in the southwest of France, is the author of the multi-million selling Languedoc Triology. Her books have been translated into 37 languages and published in more than 40 countries. Her latest novel, The Burning Chambers, is out now.

The Prebendal will stage Noye's Fludde for its annual Choral Day in Chichester Cathedral on Saturday 16th March 2019.

The opera, by British composer Benjamin Britten, recounts the story of Noah's Ark. It will also feature concert and opera singer, Alex Ashworth, who has performed in some of the world's leading concert halls and opera houses. Alex will play Noye while the highly accomplished choral singer, Jessica Gillingwater, will be Mrs Noye.

They will be joined by an ensemble cast featuring Chichester Cathedral choristers, as well as current and former Prebendal pupils. There will also be an orchestra and chorus made up of Prebendal pupils, parents, staff and former families.

Kate says she's delighted to be involved: "As a Chi girl born and bred, it's a great honour to be invited to take part in this wonderful musical collaboration some 40 years after I last took to the stage in Chichester Cathedral! I can't wait to put down my pen, pick up a score and be part of a magnificent piece I have always loved."

Head of The Prebendal School, Louise Salmond Smith, said: "We're really happy that Kate is coming on board to play The Voice of God. It will be a magnificent production that the audience will enjoy hugely."

Director of Music at The Prebendal School, Matt Jelf, said: "I'm really looking forward to staging this production in March and we have a fantastic ensemble cast. Having Kate join is definitely the icing on the cake!"

The performance on Saturday 16th March 2019 will be at 7pm in Chichester Cathedral. Entry is free and everyone is welcome.

Photos: Ruth Crafer