Spin a Tale is Constella OperaBallet’s virtual and participatory programme celebrating the heritage of Darley Abbey, commissioned by the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site. From February – April there will be a series of online and interactive opportunities involving song, dance, theatre and design and we are inviting the community to take part!


These activities will culminate in a vibrant collection of video recordings made by Constella’s internationally renowned artists in collaboration with the local community. On the 8th May 2021, in partnership with Darley Abbey Day 2021, the videos will be released to the public alongside a trail of oversized bobbins and bunting made by local residents, threaded throughout the village.


The first opportunity to get involved with Spin a Tale is for all singers. 

At Darley Abbey Church, there are a considerable number of memorial paving stones which have been laid in memory of young infants who died. Today, these stones act as a solemn reminder of the high infant mortality when the cotton mills were active in the 19th century.

It can be easy to overlook these memorials so we will be paying our tribute by capturing some filmed footage of the stones to be accompanied by the Introit from Faure’s Requiem.

We are inviting singers to take part in this video, by submitting audio recordings made from home in self-isolation. We have extended the deadline to the 8th March. when recordings will need to be submitted. Please click here to download the information and learning tracks.  

Spin a Tale is supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Arts Council England as part of the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site Great Place Scheme. 

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