Gala concert to mark 20th anniversary of Norfolk opera group

The Upper Octave anniversary gala concert, Something Wonderful, wil be at Norwich Puppet Theatre. Ph

The Upper Octave anniversary gala concert, Something Wonderful, wil be at Norwich Puppet Theatre. Photo: Submitted - Credit: Archant

The Upper Octave, one of the county's most popular musical opera fusion groups, is holding a special celebration at Norwich Puppet Theatre and is calling for all past members to join them.

The Upper Octave anniversary gala concert, Something Wonderful, wil be at Norwich Puppet Theatre. Ph

The Upper Octave anniversary gala concert, Something Wonderful, wil be at Norwich Puppet Theatre. Photo: Submitted - Credit: Archant

The Upper Octave has developed a reputation as one of Norfolk's most popular musical opera fusion groups.

This month the group are celebrating their 20th anniversary with a special gala concert, Something Wonderful, at Norwich Puppet Theatre in Norwich on October 14 and are looking to contact all past performers.

Martyn Shults, the group's talented tenor and chair, said: 'The Upper Octave first performed in 1997 and through the years we have showcased the vocal talents of many Norfolk performers.

The Upper Octave anniversary gala concert, Something Wonderful, wil be at Norwich Puppet Theatre. Ph

The Upper Octave anniversary gala concert, Something Wonderful, wil be at Norwich Puppet Theatre. Photo: Submitted - Credit: Archant

'We think probably over 50 singers have been members of the group over the 20 years. It would be absolutely fantastic if we could contact as many as possible to come along on the evening to celebrate with us and raise a glass to the next 20 years.'


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The Upper Octave was first formed for a one off charity show in Mulbarton in 1997 but has not stopped performing since.

They currently have five performing members and four technical and front of house members and undertake shows in venues across Norfolk and Suffolk.

The Upper Octave anniversary gala concert, Something Wonderful, wil be at Norwich Puppet Theatre. Ph

The Upper Octave anniversary gala concert, Something Wonderful, wil be at Norwich Puppet Theatre. Photo: Submitted - Credit: Archant

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They undertaken between 12 and 20 shows every year they have helped charities local and national charities raise thousands of pounds since forming.

'The group have changed direction in 2009 from, a musical songs production to include songs from popular traditional opera and cross over numbers,' said Gus Woodcock, the group's musical director and baritone. 'We have found this has really worked with our audience who love the mix of musical and classical songs.'

Mezzo soprano and historical interpreter Rachel Duffield adds: 'Our celebration show will feature many of our favourite songs and those we know our audiences love.

'Our musical songs will include a medley from the award winning Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera, Season of Love, Love Changes Everything, these really work well with some of our classic standards of Brindisi, Nella Fantasia and Un Voce Poco Fa.'

• Something Wonderful is at Norwich Puppet Theatre on October 14, 7.30pm, £10 01603 629921, puppettheatre.co.uk• To discover more about the group visit theupperoctave.com

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