ON Sunday 18 November, the Royal Opera House Thurrock Community Chorus performed in the Paul Hamlyn Hall at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden. The Chorus was there to take part in the Month of Sundays Festival.
The Chorus sang pieces by Verdi and Shostakovich from the operas Macbeth, Falstaff and Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, in a programme inspired by Shakespeare. The programme featured witches, fairies and an appearance by the bard himself. Chorus members Sue Mead and Veronica Sellors played the part of Witches in the Macbeth section, and then became Fairies, teasing Falstaff. They said of the event:
‘It was fantastic to be invited to perform in the wonderful space of the Paul Hamlyn Hall at ROH – it was humbling. We really upped our game – our acting, singing and presentation really came together as it hadn’t done before. There was a real sense of satisfaction. We loved the refurbishment at the Royal Opera House! We’re always made to feel so welcome there – we feel very much at home. Everyone is very kind and we really benefit from the behind the scenes work. It was very memorable.’
The Month of Sundays Festival is part of the Royal Opera House’s new daytime programme and offered an opportunity to see the new public spaces as well as immerse yourself in activities around the entire building. The festival has been about making, doing and experiencing, whether first time visitor or regular customer. The Royal Opera House is now open every day from 10am and everyone is welcome to visit and see what’s on offer. No ticket required.
To discover how you could join the ROH Thurrock Community Chorus, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01708 891200. Recruitment sessions for lower range voices will take place in January 2019.