Last night was a special evening at Blackheath Halls.
The evening started at 5:30 with a 20 minute performance by students from Trinity School in Lewisham who have been composing music based on Macbeth. Trinity Laban’s Learning & Participation Team led this project which forms part of Blackheath Halls Community Opera. I will write more about this fantastic performance in a separate post.
We then hosted a reception for VIPs in the newly tidied up space at the side of our building. We were delighted to welcome representatives of Arts Council England and The Samuel Gardner Memorial Trust, representatives from Greenwich and Lewisham Council and the participating schools in both Boroughs, members from the Trinity Laban and Blackheath Halls’ Boards and of course our wonderful donors who give such generous support to Blackheath Halls Community Opera. All four of our Blackheath Halls Community Opera Ambassadors, Helena Bayliss, Geoffrey Collens, Grant Doyle and Matthew Rose, joined us for the reception. People enjoyed chatting to Matthew about his role as Banquo, but we were all relieved that he was not in costume as the ghost of Banquo!!
At 7:00 the performance started and we had a packed house. Another fantastic performance! Reviews and feedback will follow in a separate post.
Finally, after the performance our cafe/bar was heaving with the members of the audience mixing with members of the community chorus and orchestra, our principals and Blackheath Halls staff. There was a real buzz in the cafe/bar and the last persons left reluctantly at 11:45.
A quiet day today and then we all get to do it again on Friday and on Sunday afternoon!
Here are a few photographs of the VIP reception and the ‘party’ in the bar.