Singing Our Lives: Royal Opera House Thurrock Community Chorus head to Tilbury after performance at Southbank Centre for Refugee Week
THE ROH Thurrock Community Chorus took to the Clore Ballroom at the Southbank Centre to perform in the Singing Our Lives concert as part of Refugee Week 2019. The Chorus premiered their new piece ‘It Takes a Village’, which weaves together some of opera’s best loved Choruses by Handel, Mozart, Puccini and Tchaikovsky to tell the story of what happens when a community opens wide its hearts and arms to outsiders in need of help. The piece will be performed again at the Tilbury Carnival on Saturday 20 July.
Hundreds of singers and instrumentalists from refugee, migrant and local UK backgrounds performed together for the event in an afternoon of singing which included opportunities for the audience to take part.
The day culminated with massed voices, as the Royal Opera House Thurrock Community Chorus joined with the other groups involved in the performance: Mixed Up Chorus, Sing for Freedom Choir, Islington Refugee Choir, Orchestra of Syrian Musicians and Mind & Soul Choir
Jeremy Haneman, ROH Thurrock Community Chorus Director said ‘We are so thrilled that the Royal Opera House is once again partnering with Together Productions for the third amazing year of Singing Our Lives. The ROH Thurrock Community Chorus has been such an important partner from the outset and their unique and passionate way of bringing the power of opera to tell stories about the refugee experience is not to be missed.
In a busy season for the ROH Thurrock Community Chorus, on Sunday 30th June, they returned to their home-from-home in Covent Garden to present their new programme, inspired by Kosky’s Carmen as part of the Family Sunday, ‘Beat Out That Rhythm’. Families of all ages were welcomed at the Royal Opera House for a Family Sunday bursting with beats, celebrating everyone’s unique and individual potential to create music, to move to melody and sing with soul.
To find out more about the ROH Thurrock Community Chorus, please go to www.roh.org/community-chorus
To learn about Family Sundays, please go to www.roh.org/events
For more information on the Tilbury Carnival go to: www. tilburycarnival.tott.org.uk/