I want to get Scunthorpe accent right, says Cycle Song singer Rebecca Lodge
A singer with two decades of experience at the top of her profession is preparing for a once-in-a-lifetime opera taking place this summer.
Cycle Song is a large-scale community opera celebrating the life and achievements of cyclist Albert "Lal" White – who claimed an Olympic silver medal at the 1920 Antwerp games.
The opera will take place on July 14 and July 15 at Brumby Hall in Scunthorpe.
And one of the performers who will be leading the way in Cycle Song is Rebecca Lodge.
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The 45-year-old from London is a member of the BBC Singers – the UK's only full-time, professional chamber choir.
Rebecca will be playing the role of Lal's wife Lizzie in the opera. And the Londoner said she was thrilled to be asked to perform in Cycle Song.
She said: "It is just so exciting to be involved in something brand new and something so special. The music is so much fun. I am nervous about getting the Scunthorpe accent right.
"I don't want to seem like I am doing a bad impression."
Rebecca is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Music, where she studied singing and piano.
Her career over the past 20 years has seen her perform in many different venues and styles. With the BBC Singers, she has broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and BBC television.
Rebecca is now rehearsing for Cycle Song on and off until the actual performance.
She said: "The whole thing about singing is it is such a powerful way of communicating with people. Cycle Song is all about inspiration and aspiration. We all need to be inspired but we also need something to aspire to. I feel really honoured to be part of this."
Cycle Song will feature more than 1,500 North Lincolnshire residents as singers, musicians and dancers, alongside professional opera singers and aerial artists. To buy a ticket, visit www.scunthorpetheatres. co.uk, or call 0844 854 2776. Tickets are priced at £10, or £8 for concessions, and cost £30 for a family ticket.
For more information, visit www.cyclesong.co.uk
We have eight family tickets and four pairs of adult tickets up for grabs to see Cycle Song. To enter, answer this: Which of these was an opera singer?
A Will Young
B Luciano Pavarotti
C Gary Barlow
Send your answer with your name, age and daytime contact number to: Cycle Song competition, FAO Selina Maycock, Scunthorpe Telegraph, 4-5 Park Square, Laneham Street, Scunthorpe, DN15 6JH.
Closing date: 5pm on July 12. Usual Telegraph rules apply.