Blackheath Halls Opera gives the local community an opportunity to take part and see inside a fully staged opera. Over 100 singers and instrumentalists from the local community perform alongside local primary school children, young people from local special schools, students from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and a cast of professionals to create a production of great energy and originality as well as high artistic worth. The project is led by a fully professional creative team.
Blackheath Halls Opera is grateful for the support of Arts Council England, The London Borough of Lewisham, The Fischer Fund, The Friends of Blackheath Halls, The Hearn Foundation and The Samuel Gardner Memorial Trust and to the many individuals who support the opera.
Blackheath Halls Opera is supported by four Ambassadors: Helena Bayliss, Geoffrey Collens, Grant Doyle and Matthew Rose.
Patron of Blackheath Halls Opera is Edward Gardner OBE.
If you would like more information about Blackheath Halls Opera please contact Rose Ballantyne, Project Manager at Blackheath Halls, at R.Ballantyne@trinitylaban.ac.uk
“There can be few more worthy uses of Arts Council England grants.” Graham Rogers in The Stage.
“Blackheath Halls Community Opera annually brings together local children and adults, students from Trinity Laban and a handful of young professionals in one of the calendar’s most heartening events.”Anna Picard in The Independent on Sunday.
“The children are not required in Act 3. To see them sitting – the Year 5 children on the floor and the special needs teenagers on chairs – totally engrossed moves me deeply. These are 9 and 10 year olds and they’re having a life changing experience. Who says opera is “too difficult” or “irrelevant” if you attend an inner city primary school or if you have special educational needs? Don’t EVER patronise or underestimate children.” Susan Elkin in The Stage.
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