Wonderful evening at Blackheath Halls last night

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.

Trinity Laban alumnae Aurore Lacabe and Marjorie Ouvry with Blackheath Opera supporters Jonathan and Yvonne Horsfall Turner

Trinity Laban alumnae Aurore Lacabe and Marjorie Ouvry with Blackheath Opera supporters Jonathan and Yvonne Horsfall Turner

Geoffrey Collens with Nick Palmer, Trustee of The Blackheath Halls Fund and Eva Woloshyn, Trinity Laban's Director of Development and Corporate Affairs

Geoffrey Collens with Nick Palmer, Trustee of The Blackheath Halls Fund and Eva Woloshyn,
Trinity Laban’s Director of Development and Corporate Affairs

Picture of the VIP reception

Picture of the VIP reception

Mike Hildesley, Chairman of the Blackheath Halls Board talks to Meg Dinkeldein, cellist in the opera's orchestra and Gill Butler of the Friends of Blackheath Halls

Mike Hildesley, Chairman of the Blackheath Halls Board talks to Meg Dinkeldein, cellist in the opera’s orchestra and Gill Butler of the Friends of Blackheath Halls

Director Harry Fehr talks to Geoffrey Collens, Marianne Falk and Tom Butler about his Blackheath Community Operas

Director Harry Fehr talks to Geoffrey Collens, Marianne Falk and Tom Butler about his Blackheath Community Operas

Impression of the cafe/bar after the performance

Impression of the cafe/bar after the performance

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Blackheath Halls Technical Manager with David Culpan, , member of the chorus and the assassin in Macbeth

Blackheath Halls Technical Manager with David Culpan, , member of the chorus and the assassin in Macbeth

Our wonderful Lady Macbeth with Trinity Laban student Simon Dyer, the doctor in Macbeth

Our wonderful Lady Macbeth with Trinity Laban student Simon Dyer, the doctor in Macbeth

Sad looking Matthew, Charlotte and Mona,,,

Sad looking Matthew, Charlotte and Mona,,,

Matthew Rose  with Charlotte Baptie ('Ugly Sister in 2012's Cinderella) and Mona Bagheri (member of the chorus and BHH Bar Supervisor)

Matthew Rose with Charlotte Baptie (‘Ugly Sister in 2012’s Cinderella) and Mona Bagheri (member of the chorus and BHH Bar Supervisor)

BHH Administrator and Opera Singer Caroline Foulkes with Blackheath Opera Ambassador Geoffrey Collens

BHH Administrator and Opera Singer Caroline Foulkes with Blackheath Opera Ambassador Geoffrey Collens

Singers Grant Doyle (Pandolfe in 2012's Cinderella) and Quentin Hayes (Macbeth)

Singers Grant Doyle (Pandolfe in 2012’s Cinderella) and Quentin Hayes (Macbeth)

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One thought on “Wonderful evening at Blackheath Halls last night

  1. I am just home, having crossed South London on a hot afternoon to see this afternoon’s community opera performance of Macbeth at Blackheath Halls. Fantastic! Such a professional production; in its way, just as enjoyable as an evening at Covent Garden. And much more of a challenge to stage, with your inclusive cast of locals, primary school children and special needs children. Nothing elitist about opera in Blackheath. Better and better each year. Keep up the good work, all!

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