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Leo Geyer

composer | conductor

Brick Row 2021

music drama film 

libretto by Ruth Mariner 

Spin a Tale 

Constella OperaBallet have worked in partnership with Derbyshire’s Darley Abbey to bring its heritage to life through a series of seven short films with newly commissioned dance, music and drama.


Brick Row 

In this original piece, three of Constella OperaBallet’s singers showcase the architectural history of Darley Abbey, focusing on the houses of Brick Row, which were built to attract workers away from the industrial hub of Derby and into the new industry of Darley Abbey.

Brick Row is dedicated to Jane Manning OBE (1938 - 2021), the extraordinary new music soprano and a patron of Constella.




Mrs Bates - Claire Wild

Mrs Smith - Fleur de Bray

Mrs Hickling - Rachel Maby

Mr Taylor - Roland Harrad,


Director & Librettist - Ruth Mariner

Music - Leo Geyer

Costume - Sebastian Freeburn

Make-up & Hair - Monica Montalvo

Prop Design - Holly Pigott


Film Production - YSP Media

Director & Editor - Christopher Bevan

Cinematographer - Jackie Teboul

Location Sound Engineer - Benjamin Hodge


Spin A Tale has been produced by Constella OperaBallet in collaboration with Beam, supporting Darley Abbey Day 2021 for the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site Great Place Scheme, funded by National Lottery Heritage Fund and Arts Council England.

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