For their most recent tour, performing Handels 'Amadigi', English Touring Opera set out to cast a young local boy for the role of Orgando in each performance, and we were delighted to hear the news that Wiltshire Youth Choir member Samuel Hitchcock had been cast in the role of Orgando for their WMC performance in October.

Bradley Travis, Associate Artist at English Touring Opera said of Sam's success:

“We are delighted to have Sam singing the role of Orgando in Amadigi with us at the Wiltshire Music Centre. 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 was absolutely fantastic. We hope that he enjoyed the experience and will take it forward with him in his musical life.”

Samuel 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! 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” said Sam of the exciting news.

Sam's performance as Orgando was brilliant and we are all very proud of how far he's come with his singing and performing.  “We are all delighted that a member of WYC performed with the English Touring Opera and enjoyed seeing Sam shine on stage” said Cassie Tait, Head of Creative Learning & Community Engagement.

Find out more about Wiltshire Youth Choir here.