Keith Chegwin’s role in a Birtwistle opera

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.



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  • 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.

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