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June 29 2012

Posted on June 29, 2012

This just in from Mari in England about an opera based on the life of Amy Johnson.

Amy Johnson’s achievements as a pilot captured the hearts and imaginations of people all over the world in the 1930s. At the age of 26 she became the first woman to fly solo from Britain to Australia, but tragically her life was cut short in 1941 when she was forced to bail out of a flight in adverse weather conditions. She drowned in the Thames Estuary and her body was never found. Now her life has inspired a contemporary opera. Amy’s Last Dive sets to music the tempestuous life of Britain’s most famous female aviatrix. Jenni is joined by the opera’s composer Cheryl Frances-Hoad who’ll explain how the achievements of Amy Johnson are still providing inspiration for women today.

Amy's Last Dive is performed at the Workshop Theatre, University of Leeds 28th June at 7.30pm and at The Spa, Bridlington on 6th July at 1.30pm and 7.30pm
-Kim Dyer