Garsington Opera needs you!

PUBLISHED: 13:47 25 September 2012 | UPDATED: 21:56 20 February 2013

Garsington Opera needs you!

Garsington Opera needs you!

Men and teenagers sought to join community opera by Sir Richard Stilgoe and Orlando Gough

A large community opera, enabling young and old to work alongside professional singers, musicians, directors, designers, stage managers and technicians, will be performed as part of the Garsington Opera season in 2013.

Over 100 people are needed to form an adult and young chorus. Adult men and teenage boys and girls are invited to come to taster sessions at Stokenchurch Primary School on Saturday 29 September, 11 am 4pm for adults and Tuesday 30 October 11am 4pm for young people (12+). No previous experience is necessary and everyone is welcome, even those who think they cannot sing. Through these sessions Garsington Opera aims to build on its expanding group of local people (currently mainly female!) to form the chorus for the community opera which will be staged on 19 & 20 July 2013.

The legendary Sir Richard Stilgoe has been commissioned to write the libretto and Orlando Gough to compose the opera for three choruses and ensemble parts. There will be solo parts for young professional singers from Garsington Opera and the orchestra will be comprised of professional players from Southbank Sinfonia.

Workshops have already taken place in four local schools (Stokenchurch, Ewelme Primary schools, Royal Grammar School High Wycombe and Icknield Community College) with the creative team and a group of interested adults. The librettist and composer are now composing and developing the opera based on themes and musical ideas that emerged.

Richard Stilgoe said: "One minute you are on the M40 being dive bombed by red kites; the next you are in the peace and beauty of Wormsley, surrounded by ancient trees. This contrast has been our starting point in which a community stands up and sits down for what it believes in."

Further information please contact Gemma Baxter or Kate Laughton 07709 871 133 /

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