- The Ballad
of Salomon Pavey
- With Good
National Youth Music Theatre was formed in 1976 to mount
this very piece and proved to be an immediate success.
"The Ballad of Salomon Pavey" later played at
the Edinburgh Festival where it won one of the first ever
Fringe First Awards and then moved to London where it
enjoyed a run as part of the Queen's Silver Jubilee
Celebrations in 1977.
The stage play was adapted for television by
Jeremy James Taylor and televised at Christmas in 1977 by
ATV Network. (Director:
Richard Brammall). The book and libretto were first published by
Oxford University Press (Music) in 1979. Subsequently, the work was
re-published in 1989 by Josef Weinberger Ltd.
Garden Festival 1996
- National Youth
- in association
with King's College School Wimbledon.
- Directed by Jeremy
James Taylor - Musical Director Michael Jenkins
June 12 1996 - The Times
Airs and Graces
- The Ballad
of Salomon Pavey
- St Paul's,
Covent Garden, London
Hamlet fame, spoke of "an eyrie of
children" who "are now the fashion and
so berattle the common stages that many wearing
rapiers are afraid of goose-quills and dare
scarce come thither", Hilary Finch writes.
He was speaking of the formidable troupe of child
actors of the Chapel Royal who, along with the
boys of St Paul's Singing School, dominated the
public playhouses in the mid-16th century.
He might, of
course, have been referring to the National Youth
Music Theatre which, in the past 20 years on the
boards, has certainly rattled a common stage or
two and put its professional colleagues on their
mettle. The NYMT's first show, originally written
for Belmont School in north London, celebrated
its Elizabethan confrères. The Ballad of Salomon
Pavey, revived for the Covent Garden Festival and
played in London's actors' church while street
theatre tumbled and toiled outside in the evening
heat, has worn well ... beneath its gentle pavans
and galliards lie the visionary moments which
light their best work.
Cathedral & Diocese
- 900 Years Anniversary
21 & 22 1996
School Junior Play, in the Cathedral.
~ Pre-production notes ... "
is 1583 and the boys of the Chapel Royal and St. Paul's
School are preparing to take part in the Queen's birthday
celebrations, encouraged and funded by the Earl of
Oxford. Salomon Pavey
is the most celebrated child actor of the generation,
noted for his portrayal of old men.
The forthcoming birthday revels place great
demands on all concerned, but especially Salomon. His
friend Will Sheppard, the Porter, watches with dismay as
Salomon's health deteriorates, a fact that seems to
escape his taskmasters. Supported by his friends Jack,
Thomas and Kit, Salomon makes it through to the final
This play is by turns comic and
serious and the cleverly arranged period music is an
integral part of the storytelling. There are lots of
laughs along the way but be warned: the moving final
scenes may have you reaching for your handkerchief."
MusicTheatre (UK) - Productions of - "The
Ballad of Salomon Pavey" - 2000
|Winning a Fringe First in 1976, this
moving ballad opera about the Elizabethan boy
actors of the Chapel Royal, led to the founding
of the NYMT. The production was revived last year
to launch the Education Season at Shakespeare's
|20th - 22nd
27th - 28th May
Middle Temple Hall,