The Albany Street Opera
The Albany Street Opera
The Albany Street Opera project is an exciting and slightly crazy experiment in community opera. With music and dramatic direction from award-winning team composer James Redwood and dramatist Hazel Gould, supported by outstanding vocal leaders Freya Wynn-Jones and Abimaro Gunnell, the project includes 6 groups from diverse social, ethnic and musical backgrounds: Entelechy Arts (Meet Me at the Albany), Heart n Soul, Lewisham Music Education Hub, Deptford Green School, Uncover Music, the Action for Refugees in Lewisham, Fairbeats and local primary schools.
Participants will range in age from 5 to 90 and will be given the chance to contribute musical or narrative ideas through a series of workshops taking place in and around the Albany throughout June and July 2014.
This is the ‘research and development’ phase of a longer-term project, towards a fully staged opera production featuring local performers alongside professionals. The project will take as inspiration themes from anti-poverty campaigner and Big Issue Founder John Bird’s book ‘The Necessity of Poverty’, and is supported by John Bird.
Bringing different communities together, especially those that live and work alongside each other on a regular basis, without ever meeting, is a key aim for this project. Key events include a ‘Sharing session’ on Saturday 21 June for all participants to meet, share their work and learn a song together. A ‘work-in-progress’ public performance of all the work created by participants will take place on Saturday 19 July at 5pm.
This project is proudly supported by PRS for Music Foundation, the Merry Trust and Arts Council England.
Age guidance is all ages.
This is a ‘work-in-progress’ performance of all the work created by participants so far.
If you are interested in participating in the project:
Artists will be running workshops weekly from now until 19th July here at the Albany. These workshops will be around creating the story for the opera, devising songs and rehearsing for the July performance. There are two weekly sessions that people can get involved in. The first is for 13-19 year olds, meeting on Tuesdays at 6pm and starts on 10th June. The second sessions will be in Saturday’s from 2-4pm and will be aimed at children and families. To get involved contact firstname.lastname@example.org.