RM19: Developing young voices. Developing young people.
RM19 was an alternative and exciting approach to music and performance for young people aged 11-25 who live, work or study in Thurrock.
The young people were firmly in the driving seat of this project which aims to develop their skills and confidence both artistically and in other areas of their lives. Group members created and selected music, improvised and wrote music and drama, designed concepts for costumes and scenery, and worked with group leaders to make decisions about the running of the group.
Led by Artistic Director Dominic Peckham, Director Omar Shahryar and Youth Leader Angela Surrey, RM19’s characteristic sound was a unique fusion of opera and choral repertoire with popular and alternative music and performance styles, combined with original music created with and for the group.
RM19 members had the opportunity to:
- Work with other singers to create unique pieces of music and drama
- Learn and develop vocal skills and technique
- Gain valuable experience and confidence in performing
- Meet other young people from across Thurrock
- Get involved in all aspects of running a vocal group, such as marketing, choreography and design
- Perform at public events across Thurrock and the wider region
- Have fun!
- All Change on 9 and 10 July at the Civic Hall, Grays
The Royal Opera House Thurrock Community Chorus and RM19 joined forces for the first time to present All Change. Inspired by the new Royal Opera House Bob and Tamar Manoukian Costume Centre at High House Production Park in Purfleet, All Change was a new production that combined chorus numbers from existing repertory with new imaginings of existing pieces, in an exploration of some of the timeless themes of opera. Professional soloists joined this group of singers young and old to present an evening of old favourites, less familiar works and pieces never heard before, woven together to take you on a journey of change.
RM19 was generously supported by Thurrock Borough Council, Mrs Lily Safra, Julian Metherell, Bernard Sunley Charitable Trust and Wendy Sargent.