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Call for choirs: The Fire of Olympus

Take part in our new opera with your choir

Your chance to take part in a vast, digital "chorus of thousands" in our new opera, The Fire of Olympus.

We are running workshops for choirs from March to July 2019, in which you'll be able to work with one of our brilliant opera singers, and meet the composer of the opera:

  • Pick up techniques from an amazing professional singer that anyone can apply to their own voice
  • Learn about dramatic singing, and how it applies to your performances
  • Sing parts of our brand-new, exciting and above all accessible opera, using your voice as never before!
  • Discover the legends of Prometheus and Pandora, the story of the Fire, and its relevance to the modern world

The workshop will be recorded, and the results digitally combined from all workshops to produce a vast chorus. This will then be played back in the finished opera at key moments in the drama, and you'll be able to hear your contribution in surround-sound in theatres from Manchester to York!

Singing as you've never sung before...

Some of the techniques that we'll be using:

  • Singing - of course! - but without copies; we'll teach you everything, and you'll even invent some of the words and music yourself
  • Improvisation: does improvisation frighten you? No need! You'll find yourself thoroughly enjoying our refreshing approach
  • Stamping, clapping, rubbing hands, clicking fingers... When co-ordinated in large numbers, this will be as dramatic as an Icelandic Thunderclap
  • Beyond singing - whispering, shouting: your voice will get a work-out as never before, and all taking part in a brand-new opera!

Our “Thank You”

Participants will have access to discounted and earlybird tickets for all our performances, and will be credited in our programmes and on our website.

A further chance to hear yourself perform and re-unite with fellow singers will come when we release a filmed version of the opera performances, to be shown in arts centres, cinemas and film festivals - nationally and even internationally...

It wouldn't be a film without end titles: all participants will be listed here too, immortalised, scrolling up the screen as the film ends!

Timescales

  • March to July 2019: workshops take place across Northern England
  • September to November 2019: The Fire of Olympus tours the North
  • 2020: a filmed version of The Fire of Olympus will reach cinemas and film festivals

How to take part

  1. Ask your choir or choral society's manager or coordinator to contact us, and we'll organise workshops to suit availability
  2. Alternatively, if you are not in a choir or if your choir cannot take part, please contact us yourself and we'll let you know of workshops taking place near you in which you can take part

Schools

We are very happy to run these workshops at schools, where they tie in well with GCSE, BTEC, AS and A Level Music as well as non-academic music provision. The workshop can be tailored to suit ages 11+, in a group of at least 50 for best results. Please contact us for details.

Interested? Get in touch

These workshops are generously supported by funding from The Classical Association.

The Fire of Olympus
Dawn raid: Taking part (backstage) in Emily (2013)
Dawn raid: Taking part (backstage) in Emily (2013)

An incredible, inspiring and exhilarating experience! Always felt fully part of the team and met some wonderful people that are now my friends!
Dawn, who took part as a Suffragette in Emily

Taking part in Emily

For our opera Emily (2013), we held public auditions and gathered together a remarkable group of men and women, who we transformed into Suffragettes, Policemen, and Race-goers. During one particularly memorable scene, a re-enactment of the notorious "Black Friday", massed Suffragettes sang a provocative chant, interrupted and provoked in return by the policemen guarding Parliament. This confrontation turned into a riot, with chaos and tumultuous music, ending in a violent defeat for the Suffragettes on the day - but the public were shocked by the violence dealt to them, and it was another painful step along the way to emancipation.

When I first heard about the new opera “Emily” and how it would be performed during the 100-year commemoration of the death of Emily Wilding Davison, I was fascinated by the subject matter and impressed with the level of research that had gone into the project. I was honoured to take the role of one of the policemen - the whole experience is one I will remember for years to come.
Darren, who took part as a Policeman in Emily

Police brutality, 1913 style
Niall and Darren (policemen) and Lucy (Suffragette) taking part in Emily
Some of Suffragettes rehearsing for Emily (2013)
Some Suffragettes rehearsing for Emily.

The scene from Emily pictured here is strikingly similar to this photo, showing the Suffragette Ada Wright, published in the newspapers in the days following Black Friday. In the Radius Opera production, the policeman was played by volunteer Darren, and Ada Wright by volunteer Lucy.

Ada Wright lying injured on Black Friday

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