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Peter Marr

…and gradually one of the stones became a woman!

An Opera in Three Acts

Music by George Lloyd 1913–1998

Libretto by William A. C. Lloyd

Not staged since its première in 1934 and short London run in 1935, George Lloyd's Iernin tells the story of a maiden turned to stone by puritanical priests, only to reawaken hundreds of years later and ensnare the heart of a betrothed Cornish nobleman. This is set against the backdrop of a soon to be occupied Cornwall and the struggle of its leader and people to retain their independence from the Saxon overlords. It is a story about the defence of the weak and society's fear of change, but above all our fear of and fascination with the unknown. Written during the rise of German National Socialism and alongside the abdication of Edward VIII, the story also strikes some fortuitous chords with one of the most dramatic periods in British history, a period which would change George Lloyd's life forever.
Surrey Opera now brings a fully staged Centenary production of Iernin to Croydon, and then home to Cornwall, where it was conceived and first performed. Written when the Cornish composer was still in his teens, Iernin is based on a Celtic legend inspired by the Nine Maidens stone circle near Penzance. Lloyd’s music dramatically evokes the mystical world of Iernin as well as the very human struggle of love and loyalty versus desire. This new production will be performed using Lloyd’s original scoring.


George Lloyd 1913-1998

Jonathan Butcher
Ellan Parry
Lighting Designer: 

Alan Bishop

IerninCatharine Rogers
GerentEdward Hughes
CunaideFelicity Buckland
EdyrnHåkan Vramsmo
BedwyrJames Harrison
A PriestJon Openshaw
A HuntsmanJames Schouten
A Saxon ThaneRobert Trainer

Trinity School Concert Hall/Theatre, Croydon: Thu 24th - Sat 26th October 2013 at 7.30pm.   Tickets £20 and £18 Balcony with reductions of £2 for concessions may be reserved by email to our Box Office, telephone 020 8660 5760 and may be purchased online (booking fee applies).

Public transport to Trinity school: from the bus station immediately outside East Croydon station take the 119, 194, 198 or 466 to the Trinity School stop.

St John's Hall, Alverton St, Penzance TR18 2QR: Fri 1st/Sat 2nd November 2013 at 7.30pm. Tickets, £20 raked seating and £18 floor seating with £2 usual concessions, are on sale at from the Box Office, or telephone 01736 810 181.