On the Rim of the World

Voices of the Future

ETO brought 20 pupils with special needs to perform their own exciting new work on stage at the Royal Opera House.

We were delighted to be part of Voices of the Future – the first ever community performance to take place on the stage at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, one memorable Saturday evening in March 2009.

ETO brought 20 pupils with special needs from Sir Tom Finney Community High School in Preston to perform their own exciting new work on stage at the Royal Opera House. The work was a response to Orlando Gough’s major new choral piece On the Rim of the World which was performed by 250 young people in the same event.

We were joined for the project by 8 young professional singers and players. This was the first time ever that such a group of students has been given access to perform in public on the main stage at Covent Garden.

English Touring Opera have an extremely close and creative relationship with this wonderful school. We responded to the ideas in On the Rim of the World to create our own short piece, in which the students sang their own new songs, set in the time between arriving home from school and trying to get to sleep. All the ideas, words, action, and music were created in workshop sessions in the school.

The story was a familiar one: we arrive home at the end of a school day, turn on the telly, and answer grumpily Mum’s questions about what we did today. It was not a good day! Mum tells us to go to bed, but we express our frustrations (‘I want to cross the road on my own’). Finally, in bed, we look at all the things in our bedroom – the lava lamp, the image of the Titanic on the wallpaper. As we nod off we suddenly remember what’s coming tomorrow: maths at a quarter to ten!

Your Comments

  1. i was in this and it took 6 months of training!!!!!!!

    Said alex at 07:56am on 19th Jan 2010

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