A TOWN - A town that sings!

Barefoot Opera invite you to be part of an exciting new music project INspired by
the lives of people in Hastings and Rother



Barefoot Opera has a mission to open and expand our vocal potential at all levels, and has developed a reputation for energised, youthful and accessible performances. In 2016, as part of the ROOT International Festival for the Arts, Barefoot Opera presented CLASH! – an inspiring community event, a choral extravaganza involving seven Hastings choirs, seven commissions, and music for the combined choirs - Bayeux! - composed by leading composer Orlando Gough.

Building on the success of CLASH!, Barefoot Opera has been awarded an Arts Council ‘Research and Development’ Grant for the first stage of an ambitious new project about a fictional town on the South Coast, also involving local people and professional singers and musicians, in the Spring 2018. The project is also generously supported by local charities Magdalen and Lasher, Sussex Community Foundation and Chalk Cliff Trust. Our working title is ‘A Town’ and it promises to be another thrilling music event, where this time, Orlando Gough will be working with librettist Stephen PLaice. The whole project will take place over the next three years, with the performance positioned to take place at the De La Warr Pavilion in the Spring 2020.

The first stage of this grass-roots project is a far-reaching series of workshops in and around the communities of Hastings and Rother in April 2018, culminating with an afternoon at the De la Warr Pavilion. Some of these workshops will focus on singing, story-telling through music and performance. Others will be more about points-of-view, stories and ideas.

**PLEASE SEE THE DEDICATED "A TOWN' PAGES HERE for more information on the project, how you can book on a workshop and how you can get involved...launching 15th January 2018

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Librettist Stephen Plaice


Artistic Director JENNY MILLER

Workshop Facilitators: Brigitte Aphrodite/Otti Albietz/Chiara Vinci/Lucy Mulgan and others TBA.