Message from Dr Claire Mera-Nelson, Director of Music, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance

Blackheath Halls Community Opera, which is now in its seventh year, is an inspiring project showcasing the work of Trinity Laban and Blackheath Halls with the local schools and community.

Trinity Laban students perform in both the orchestra and chorus, together with pupils from local primary schools and special schools, as well as members of the local community. The project provides a fantastic opportunity for all involved to perform together with top professional singers such as Quentin Hayes as Macbeth, Miriam Murphy as Lady Macbeth and Matthew Rose as Banquo. Three of our students from the Vocal Department have roles in the opera: Susanna Buckle is performing the role of Lady in Waiting, Simon Dyer is the Doctor and Thomas Drew will sing the role of Malcolm.

As well as performing a leading role as Banquo, internationally renowned British bass Matthew Rose is an Ambassador for Blackheath Halls Community Opera. Matthew has also recently become Visiting Artist in Voice at Trinity Laban further cementing his relationship with the Institution, initiated by his keen support for the Blackheath Halls Community Opera, a project with which he has been involved since 2008.

This year, the project has expanded to include a series of workshops, led by Trinity Laban’s Learning and Participation Team. Pupils from Trinity School in Lewisham will compose music based on Macbeth and they will perform their work at Blackheath Halls at 5:30pm on Wednesday 10th July, prior to the performance of Macbeth that evening.

I hope you will join us at Blackheath Halls for one of the performances of Verdi’s Macbeth on Tuesday 9th, Wednesday 10th and Friday 12th July at 7:00pm and on Sunday 14th July at 2:00pm.


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