10 months of workshops, rehearsals and intensive planning culminated in one of the most exciting events ever produced by Cheltenham Music Festival – a brand new, specially-commissioned community opera.
The story, the songs and the music were co-created by children and young people in local schools and the newly formed community choir Local Vocals as part of a five-year community project in and around Hester’s Way.
They all helped bring the story to life in the two free sold-out performances on Sunday 14 July 2019 alongside the Inspire orchestra and an amazing team of soloists. The opera told the touching story of a family in turmoil relocating to Cheltenham. Audiences comprised family and friends of the cast, chorus and creative team, many of whom had not visited Cheltenham Music Festival or Cheltenham Town Hall before, as well as core Music Festival goers.
Everyone involved, from the creative team to the soloists and chorus, really rose to the occasion and delivered two unforgettable and very special shows.
Across The Sky Community Opera – The Highlights
Wow! It really was proper opera!
I was expecting a wonderful show, but it exceeded all expectations. The children were brilliant & the orchestra magnificent. Well done.
I was amazed that we were able to learn and perform a totally new opera.
It’s been wonderful to be part of a project which was both satisfying musically and also had a sense of contributing something worthwhile to society.
Read more about the synopsis, key facts and feedback about the project here.
The Community Opera has been awarded funding from the National Lottery and the Foyle Foundation
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