Letchworth 24-year-old prepares for opera debut in London

Jack Cherry

Jack Cherry - Credit: Archant

A 24-year-old is hoping his debut opera proves to be a hit with London audiences this weekend.

Jack Cherry, who lived in Sollershott West in Letchworth until he moved to London two years ago, will see his creation – Oh Whistle and I’ll Come to You My Lad – staged at RADA Studio Theatre as part of the Tête à Tête Festival.

The former Highfield School student studied classical double bass at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music in Dance, a move that was supported by the Letchworth Garden City Heritage Foundation.

Having performed around Hertfordshire as the bass guitarist for rock band Blonde Louis – who made it to the quarter finals of Britain’s Got Talent in 2013 – his postgraduate studies saw him play at the Royal Albert Hall with Deep Purple, Paul Weller and Rick Wakeman.

When he had completed his masters degree, Jack met Louis Mander – who has worked with Stephen Fry on an opera in the past – in London, and was encouraged to try writing libretto – the technical term for the text of an opera or other long vocal work.

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Despite his lack of experience Jack rose to the challenge, with Louis composing the score for the work.

Oh Whistle and I’ll Come to You My Lad is an operatic adaption of MR James’ ghost story which tells the tale of a Cambridge doctor who escapes to the coast to relax and play golf, but is accosted by a swirl of supernatural secrets.

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Jack said: “My mixed musical background has made me passionate that music should be accessible to all and as a result Oh Whistle and I’ll Come has been produced for people who are new to opera.

“I hope this will be the first of many performances and that if it is successful it could be performed in Hertfordshire in the future.”

Performances at the RADA Studio Theatre will take place at 7.50pm tonight and 3.50pm on tomorrow.

Tickets range in price from £5 to £9.50 and are available by calling 020 7307 5060.

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