This short film combines our orchestra and soloists with the creativity of the children of Longborough primary school, and the Longborough Youth Chorus - who would have been singing in The Cunning Little Vixen in 2020, and who have contributed as artists and singers.
It started with a call out to local children from Longborough School and the Longborough Youth Chorus to draw some pictures of foxes. We were deluged with hundreds of pictures of foxes, cubs, traps, poachers, landscapes and hedgehogs from children and young people aged 4-18. Film artist Will Duke has woven their drawings together into a natural landscape.
A microphone was toured across the region, catching members of the orchestra at home to record their parts.
The Longborough Youth Chorus (our fox cubs) then took turns to sing in a pop-up recording studio set up backstage at Longborough (socially distanced of course).
Over a hundred people will have contributed to the finished film. We do hope you enjoy it as a flavour of Janáček's opera, and that we can all look forward to the full production, conducted by Justin Brown and directed by Olivia Fuchs, in 2021.
With thanks to the many players, singers, youth chorus, staff and illustrators who made this film possible. See a full list of credits below.
ASSISTANT ORCHESTRA MANAGER
Youth Chorus Staff
Illustrators from Longborough Primary School
Alfie Dacosta Hanks
Illustrators from the Youth Chorus
Sound design and editing
Film and animation design
Remi Bruno Smith
Music Leoš Janáček
Story Rudolf Těsnohlídek
Libretto Leoš Janáček
Translation David Pountney
Many thanks to the CHK Foundation, members and parents of the Longborough Youth Chorus, and staff and pupils of Longborough Primary School.