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Noisy at the Wrong Times

By Michael Volpe

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One of The Sunday Times' 100 biographies to love

The incredible story of a boy from a council estate, and the school that made him

'Hugely entertaining and inspiring' The Sunday Times

AS SEEN ON BBC ARTS' HIP HOP 2 OPERA

The inspirational and colourful memoir of Michael Volpe, the general manager of Opera Holland Park. The son of Italian immigrants, he and his brothers were raised by his mother on a council estate in West London, before he attended Woolverstone Hall, a prestigious state boarding school designed to give bright inner city boys the opportunity of a public school education. Set against a backdrop of nuns, hit men, ice cream vans, rugby, gangsters, strict school masters and music, Noisy at the Wrong Times is the vivid, funny and often moving story of a boy who was given a chance - though whether he took it or not is another question...

Biographical Notes

Michael Volpe, the youngest of four brothers, is from an Italian immigrant family and has three children; Leanora, Gianluca and Fiora. He is married to Sally Connew-Volpe and they live in London. Michael joined the Royal Borough Of Kensington and Chelsea in October 1989 after a period of working in the international hotel industry and founded Opera Holland Park in 1996. Michael is a Chelsea supporter, and fervent advocate of cultural engagement for all - neither of which are necessarily related.

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  • ISBN: 9781473629400
  • Publication date: 17 Sep 2015
  • Page count: 320
  • Imprint: Two Roads
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