Keith Chegwin’s role in a Birtwistle opera

Keith Chegwin’s role in a Birtwistle opera


norman lebrecht

December 12, 2017

The composer Michael Nyman remembers seeing the TV entertainer, who died yesterday, play a small role as a boy in appeared in Harrison Birtwistle’s ‘Down by the Greenwood Side’ at the Brighton Festival, circa 1969.

Nyman was the librettist.

The uncompromising opera, a ‘dramatic pastoral’, has nine silent roles, which must have been a challenge for poor, irrepressible Cheggers.




  • Stephen Whitaker says:

    I saw Keith introduce the Grimethorpe Band playing Henze for a kids concert.

  • Paul Dormer says:

    That performance was recorded and broadcast on ITV, I think, in the early seventies. It was repeated during the early days of Channel 4 when I saw it again and was amused to see his name in the credits.