Garsington Opera wants to hear you

PUBLISHED: 18:01 26 October 2012 | UPDATED: 22:10 20 February 2013

Garsington Opera wants to hear you

Garsington Opera wants to hear you

Youngsters invited to sing in major 2013 work

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. The date for teenage boys and girls to experience a taster session at Stokenchurch Primary School is Tuesday, 30 October, from 11am 4pm.

No previous experience is necessary and everyone is welcome, even those who think they cannot sing.Garsington Opera aims to build on its expanding group of local people to form the chorus for the community opera which will be staged on 19 and 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. They are pictured here, planning the work.

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.

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

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