English Touring Opera - Upcoming events http://englishtouringopera.org.uk/productions/rss/ Upcoming events at Warwick Arts Centre en-gb <![CDATA[Turtle Song]]> English Touring Opera English Touring Opera - West Park, Wolverhampton Turtle Song is our well-known project for people living with dementia, and Has run successfully all over the country for the past 10 years. There are two new projects and partnerships in Wolverhampton and Buckinghamshire

Turtle Song in Wolverhampton and Buckinghamshire this autumn.

Turtle Song is our well-known project for people living with dementia, and has run successfully all over the country for the past 10 years. There are two new projects and partnerships this autumn.

We are delighted to be working alongside the Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust this autumn, as well as with our regular partners Turtle Key Arts. Over the course of 10 weeks we will make a new song cycle, created and performed by adults with all forms of dementia, along with their partners and carers. We are collaborating also with music students from Wolverhampton University. The sessions at West Park Hospital will lead to a performance at The Arena Theatre on December 13th.

The group will meet weekly over a ten week period between October and December. The aims are to enjoy singing together, to help write some songs, to record the songs on CD and DVD as well as perform, and to have an experience that is both fun and inspiring. All the ideas for the songs will come from the participants, and the final piece will be performed live to friends and family at the end of the ten weeks. The sessions will be led by Heather Wastie and Tim Yealland.

For more information on booking a place contact the Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust Arts Manager on email: natalie.lewis2@nhs.net or phone 01902 307999 ext: 8764

A similar project is happening for the first time this autumn in Waddesdon Manor in Buckinghamshire, led by Jon Petter and Carolyn Von Stumm. This is an ETO collaboration with the Royal College of Music and Turtle Key Arts, in partnership with Waddesdon Manor and Tring Park School for the Performing Arts.

The sessions run on Monday afternoons from 2pm to 4pm at Waddesdon Manor, Aylesbury, Bucks HP18 0JH

On the following dates: *26 September
3 October
10 October
17 October
24 October
31 October
7 November
14 November
21 November*

Thanks to the Rothschild Foundation, the Henry Smith Foundation, the Mark Armitage Foundation and the Scouloudi Foundation for their generous support.

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2016-10-11T10:00:00 2016-10-11T10:00:00
<![CDATA[Different ]]> English Touring Opera English Touring Opera - London A new opera for SEND audiences.

Different is being created by Key Club, the group of young adults with high functioning autism or asperger’s syndrome. Working with composer Llywelyn ap Myrdden, designer Ruth Paton, animator Babis Alexiadis *and cellist *Jonathan Kitchen, the group is writing an opera from scratch, which will be performed by ETO professionals and will tour to SEND schools and to small venues across the UK in the spring of 2017.

The material will be written in the autumn of 2016, but the opera builds on ETO’s many successful operas for special needs audiences. In the last few years RedBlueGreen, Spin, Rumbled, Waxwings and Dust Child have been seen by audiences in schools in most of ETO’s touring venues. Interactive, stimulating and participatory, the operas are created to be enjoyed by young people of every ability.

Key Club is run by Turtle Key Arts, one of principle ETO’s long-term partners.

If you are interested in booking the opera please contact Daniel Coelho or call 020 7833 2555.

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2017-01-14T12:00:00 2017-06-14T14:00:00
<![CDATA[Silver Electra]]> English Touring Opera English Touring Opera - London Silver Electra is the very first opera about Amelia Earhart.

In 1937 the most famous woman on the planet went missing in her silver Electra aeroplane. Amelia Earhart was approaching the final leg of her round the world flight when the plane disappeared, and neither she nor her plane were ever found. 40 years later, and 2,000 miles away in Australia, an old jar of freckle cream is discovered by an elderly woman on the beach. So begins a story that takes us from Australia to America and back, with a huge cast of exciting characters.

Silver Electra is an opera that looks both at the riveting story of Earhart herself, and at issues around memory loss. It also explores a complex family relationship, as we meet Bindi, the older woman’s daughter, her new partner Darrel, and her son Noah, who himself goes missing in the outback at the climax of the opera. The opera also highlights the role of women pioneers in the twentieth century.

The team behind Laika the Spacedog and Shackleton’s Cat of composer Russell Hepplewhite, writer Tim Yealland and designer Jude Munden have created this new opera, which is suitable for both Key Stage 2 (ages 9-11) and Key Stage 3 (ages 12-14), as well as families.

The opera is performed by a cast of 4 professional singers, and violin, viola, keyboard and a big range of percussion (much of it handmade). It lasts 65 minutes, and there are opportunities to ask questions and meet the cast after the show.

The opera is accompanied by resources for teachers, and supports the curriculum subjects of science, history, design and technology, geography, literacy, music and drama. There will also be songs for children to learn ahead of the visit of ETO to a school.

If you are interested in booking the opera please contact Daniel Coelho or call 020 7833 2555.

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2017-06-13T12:00:00 2017-06-13T12:00:00
<![CDATA[Tosca]]> English Touring Opera English Touring Opera - Hackney Empire Puccini’s visceral depiction of love and power in the midst of political terror.

Puccini’s visceral depiction of love and power in the midst of political terror, is directed by award-winning Blanche McIntyre, new to opera but fresh from some revelatory work in the theatre. A trio of powerful UK artist are lined up for the diva, the artist and the chief of police, so it is sure to be a night of passion.

A new production. Sung in Italian with English surtitles.

Dates subject to change

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2017-03-04T19:30:00 2017-06-09T19:30:00
<![CDATA[Tosca ]]> English Touring Opera English Touring Opera - Hackney Empire Twenty groups of children from around the country are joining ETO’s professional production of one of the greatest operas of all time.

In Spring 2017 English Touring Opera tours the UK with one of the greatest operas of all time: Puccini’s epic and political drama Tosca. In one of the opera’s most powerful scenes Puccini summons a vivid church atmosphere, in which soloists, choristers and congregation join to chilling and epic effect.

As part of ETO’s mission to engage with local communities, and following the success of our production of La Boheme, we are currently looking for local children’s choirs to join in as the choristers in this production of Tosca. 12 children, aged 8-12, will appear on stage and in costume in this production.

The thrill of live theatre; multi-tasking – singing, acting, moving; the opportunity to be part of a professional production, with a live orchestra, is something they’ll never forget.

Dee Oelmann, Headteacher, on La Boheme.

If you would like to join us in this very exciting project contact Daniel Coelho or call 020 7833 2555.

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2017-03-04T19:30:00 2017-03-04T19:30:00
<![CDATA[Patience]]> English Touring Opera English Touring Opera - Hackney Empire ETO's first production of a light Gilbert and Sullivan opera.

Patience, a light opera, by Gilbert and Sullivan is the duo’s extremely witty, infrequently performed little masterpiece about the aesthetic movement of the 1890s, with willowy poets, sighing maidens, hearty milkmaids and burly officers galore. Every tune is whistleable, every word worth hearing, and the humour is as fresh as it was at the first performance.

Sung in English with English surtitles.

Dates subject to change.

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2017-03-08T19:30:00 2017-06-08T19:30:00
<![CDATA[National Portrait Gallery]]> English Touring Opera English Touring Opera - National Portrait Gallery English Touring Opera and National Portrait Gallery collaborate once more to inspire brand new musical theatre composition with primary schools.

Using the National Portrait Gallery’s collection, and working in collaboration with professional musicians from English Touring Opera, primary school children aged 7-11 are introduced to a portrait, and encouraged to create words and music to perform their own piece to the public in front of the chosen portrait.

Primary teachers can now explore the skills used in this project in their own teaching by attending our CPD day on 25 June 2015. More information here.

Recent feedback

“I didn’t know paintings could be so interesting!”
“I want to play piano as good as Pete when I grow up.”
“I’m going to ask my mum if we can come back to the gallery in the holidays so I can show her the painting and sing her the song.”

It was fun thinking of ideas, working in a team and looking at the portraits. The best part was making up the story. I loved the song!

Guadalupe, 10

Amazing, it was fun learning and making the song about T.S. Eliot. The best part was working and brainstorming the song. Never close down the gallery!

Niamh, 10

The workshop on Thursday was excellent – thoroughly enjoyed by children and staff. Pete pitched the work at the perfect level for our Y3-5 mixed group (I know it’s not always easy with a mixed group). The children were buzzing all the way home. We also had some parents who came to watch the performance and were really impressed too.

Teacher, Chase Bridge School

We had a fabulous time. What a really great project with terrific end results, the kids were all so thrilled with their song. Pete was inspirational. Do book us in again next year.

Teacher, St Paul’s CE Primary School

Eight years of collaboration!

2015 marks the eighth year of this remarkable collaboration between English Touring Opera and the National Portrait Gallery. Combining the visual arts, with history, literacy, and music this series of inspiring and creative workshops provides an opportunity for teachers of Key Stage 2 to deepen their pupils’ appreciation and understanding in these curriculum areas.

How does the day work?

Pictures in the collection serve as a jumping off point for new composition. The children are taken to one of the Gallery spaces, where they are introduced to a historical or contemporary portrait. Using their newfound knowledge of the portrayed character, the pupils then begin instant music-theatre composition, working with professional musicians in the workshop space to create their own original lyrics and music. The workshop lasts a full day and concludes with the children returning to the portrait in the main Gallery to perform their composition in public.

These workshops are run biannually at the National Portrait Gallery and are led by leading musicians and animateurs Paul Griffiths and Pete Letanka assisted by a range of other professional musicians.

Contact and booking details

The workshop is suitable for all Key Stage 2 classes and lasts a full day.

For more details please email Tim Yealland or Daniel Coelho at ETO, or call 020 7833 2555.

English Touring Opera and the National Portrait Gallery would like to acknowledge the generous support of Sarah and Geoff Roberts for this project.

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