Christmas Meeting

by Russell Plows after the story by Rosemary Timperley

Performed on Dec 6,7,8 2017 at three venues in Hull. Recorded at Trinity Methodist Church in Hull.


A World Premiere of Russell Plows’ adaptation of Rosemary Timperley’s ghost story, Christmas Meeting. Visiting three locations in Hull, this 15-minute opera explores the theme of loneliness at Christmas. A middle-aged woman in a worn-out rented room expects to spend Christmas Day alone, when a mysterious young man bursts in, convinced the room is his. Created for two singers and an orchestra of five, the opera offers an intimate alternative to Christmas fare.

Some audience reaction

“beautifully sung and played”
“wonderful to hear a new opera, and in Hull”
“Hull needs to see and hear more urban opera”


Joanna Gamble – The Woman
Alex Grainger – Francis Randel, a young writer

Russell Plows – Director
Ben Newton – Conductor
Lucy Thomson-Smith – Stage Manager