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English Touring Opera have announced that local school-boy Samuel Hitchcock will be playing the role of Orgando in their performance of Handel’s Amadigi at Wiltshire Music Centre on 27 October.

“We are delighted to have Sam singing the role of Orgando in Amadigi with us at the Wiltshire Music Centre,” said Bradley Travis, Associate Artist at ETO. “Sam has a strong, vibrant voice that is full of character, and perfect for the role. Engaging with different local young artists in each venue is really important to us so having Sam, a member of the Wiltshire Youth Choir, perform with us in Bradford-on-Avon is absolutely fantastic. We hope that he will enjoy the experience and take it forward with him in his musical life.”

Samuel, who attends Lavington Secondary School near Devizes, is a member of Wiltshire Youth Choir, a new choir for those aged 12-18 who love to sing. From performing in the foyer to joining English Touring Opera on stage in the auditorium, it’s been a joy to watch Sam’s singing journey.

“I was very happy to get the news,” he said. “I was quite excited because I’ve never done an opera before, so I knew it was going to be a new experience. Wiltshire Youth Choir prepared me, as it’s given experience in learning pieces quicker – I feel more confident and like I can get it right more of the time. I’m looking forward to the audience reaction on the night.”

“This is really exciting news and we are all delighted that a member of WYC will be performing with the English Touring Opera,” said Cassie Tait, Head of Creative Learning & Community Engagement at Wiltshire Music Centre. “We’re all really looking forward to seeing Sam shine on stage.”

English Touring Opera are bringing Handel’s Amadigi to Wiltshire on Wednesday 27 October at 7.30pm. Tickets are £27 or £14.50 for Under 18s and Students. Tickets can be purchased here or by calling the WMC Box Office on 01225 860 100.

Wiltshire Youth Choir are running a FREE Come and Sing session at Wiltshire Music Centre on Friday 29th October at 10am. Find out more information here.