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 in July 2019.
Across the Sky was the final phase of a five-year community project in and around Hester’s Way in West Cheltenham. The opera told the touching story of a family in turmoil relocating to Cheltenham from Eastern Europe. The story, the songs and the music were co-created by children and young people in local schools and members of the newly formed community choir Local Vocals.
They all helped bring the story to life in two sold-out performances on Sunday 14 July 2019 alongside the Gloucestershire Youth Chamber Ensemble #Inspire and an amazing team of soloists. The audience comprised core Music Festival-goers together with family and friends of the cast, chorus and creative team, many of whom had not visited Cheltenham Music Festival or Cheltenham Town Hall before, let alone watched an opera.
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