Take part in Bloom Britannia!

We are looking for people in the towns of Hastings, St. Leonards and Bexhill who would like to take part in this exciting new stage of our people's opera. Workshops, rehearsals and other events are taking place over March and April 2019, building towards a performance of a 30 minute extract of the opera at the De La Warr Pavilion on April 28th. You can take part by signing up to sing in the chorus, take things a little further with a solo part, and/or come along to witness three days of continuous musical improvisation during Hastings Fat Tuesday in March...


Sing in the Chorus

Whether you took part in the project in 2018 or not, anyone is welcome to sign up to sing in the chorus. You'll be singing in a group, alongside professional singers and solo-ists. Anyone who enjoys music, loves to sing and has the time and commitment is welcome!

Workshops and rehearsals will be taking place in March and April 2019, all building towards a performance at the De La Warr Pavilion on Sunday 28th April.

During the workshops you'll be learning a number of singing techniques, as well as learning a part in the opera. The workshops will be led by different members of our team: Lesley Anne Sammons, Barefoot Opera’s electric MD and highly respected opera coach; Jenny Miller, Barefoot Opera’s director, well-established singer and teacher; Lucy Mulgan, Barefoot Opera double bassist, composer and all-round outstanding musician.

Click below to find out more about what's involved and to sign up to take part.

Join the Chorus


Sing a Solo part

We are also looking for people who would like to sing a short solo part (or even just line) in the opera. Some choir members may like to step out into more featured roles. You don’t have to be a professional singer – you may sing in a choir, or not - but you may want to take your interest in singing a little further.

Composer Orlando Gough, librettist Stephen Plaice and singer/director Jenny Miller will be holding workshops for ANYONE who would like to have a featured role or solo line(s) in the opera. Dates and locations to be announced.

Please email jane.barefootopera@gmail.com to find out more.


Continuous DreamTown

Witness three days of musical improvisation, led by members of our team, during Hastings Fat Tuesday, the annual week-long showcase for Hastings' thriving music scene.

WHEN: Friday 1st March, 2-8PM Saturday 2nd March, 11-5PM Sunday 3rd March 11-5PM

WHERE: 4 Castle St, Hastings, TN34 3DY (The old 'Trading Post' shop, opposite Argos.)

Anyone is welcome to pop in and listen, contribute texts and thoughts. Stay for as short or as long a time as you like. Otti Albietz, Tom Clarkson and Lucy Mulgan wlll be joined by Frank Moon , Bev Lee Harling, and other members of the music community in the music-rich town of Hastings.

This particular project was inspired by the spirit of improvisation created during last year’s Research and Development, and our aim is to continue to explore - with music and text - the themes around a sea-side town, making new musical connections with local players as we do so.


We are continuing to organise workshops in various locations and with various groups in our communities. These will enable new groups to try out singing and consider delving into this new opera. We want to enable latecomers to participate!


We are currently organising some babysitting sessions with trained professional supervisors, so that people with children who can take part in the opera. We will not be able to provide complete cover, but you may find we can help! Please get in touch with Jane Freund about this.