Rachel Nelken has been working on community and we agreed to help. She recently sent this email to keep us up to date with progress.
“Many thanks to those of you who supported our community opera project in partnership with the Albany Theatre this year and to the many of you who made it for the very special sharing performance on 19 July.
6 diverse Lewisham based community groups/ organisations and participants aged from 3 to 93 worked intensively over 2 months with award winning composer James Redwood and dramaturg Hazel Gould, and vocal animateurs Freya Wynn-Jones and Abimaro Gunnell, writing an opera from scratch, inspired by the theme of inequality and an imagined dystopian future…
If you have a spare 7 minutes please do watch our short film which has captured the process really well.
A massive thanks to Arts Council England, PRS For Music Foundation and the Merry Trust without whom none of this would have been possible!”