Wednesday, October 5, 2022

The Royal Opera House Thurrock Community Chorus takes to the stage as part of the Singing Our Lives concert

The Royal Opera House Thurrock Community Chorus takes to the stage as part of the Singing Our Lives concert

ON Sunday 1 July at 6pm the Royal Opera House Thurrock Community Chorus will unite with choirs of refugees, migrants and local communities in the Singing Our Lives project at Milton Court Concert Hall in London.


The project brings together four amateur choirs and professional musicians to share experiences, compose new music to explore the stories and experiences of refugees and migrants in the UK.

Alex Beard CEO, The Royal Opera House said:

“We are very proud to be involved with Singing Our Lives again this year, a project that holds at its heart the values of inclusion and togetherness. I look forward to seeing our very own Royal Opera House Thurrock Community Chorus build on the success of last year in what I’m sure will be a terrific evening of high quality music.”

Singing Our Lives will feature over 200 performers combining opera, classical, popular and electronic genres with music from around the globe. The concert is hosted by Together Productions, in partnership with the Royal Opera House, IOM- the UN Migration Agency, Freedom from Torture, Improbable and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama.

The concert will mark the final event of the 20th Anniversary of Refugee Week. Singing Our Lives 2018 reunites the Mixed Up Chorus, the Royal Opera House Thurrock Community Chorus, the Sing for Freedom Choir and Guildhall School musicians and also features refugee and asylum-seeker choir Woven Gold and Grammy-nominated vocal ensemble Stile Antico.

This year acclaimed theatre and opera director Phelim McDermott joins as Stage Director for the project, alongside Musical Director Jeremy Haneman and Creative Producer Holly Jones.

Over six months, the five choirs are coming together in a series of workshops facilitated by composer Mike Roberts (Head of Electronic Music & Music Technology, Guildhall School), librettist Sarah Grange and director Phelim McDermott (Improbable), and delivered with the aid of Guildhall School Electronic Music musicians. With music as the common language the singers and musicians will learn about each other’s experience and work with the creative team to compose new music to be premiered as part of an ensemble performance on 1st July.

To learn more about the project, please visit

Singing our Lives 2018 | Barbican
Singing our Lives, in conjunction with the Guildhall School’s Electronic Music department, returns after a sell-out concert last year.


Notes to editors

For more information, please contact:

Rachel Gaston, Press Office, the Royal Opera House

+44 (0)20


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