23 May 2013 at 11.01am | Comment on this article
A mix of concerts and workshops designed to engage young people and communities will take place throughout June and July, including a concert with L'Orchestre Symphonique de Bretagne and performances with French dance company Eco.
'It is extremely exciting and interesting to be working with such a diverse and creative group of partners from across the East of England and from France,' said Matt Lane, Head of Royal Opera House Thurrock and Thames Gateway. 'Already, young people and communities are being engaged and inspired by this programme and I have no doubt that each final project culmination will be hugely inspiring.'
FUSED Thurrock Choral Festival
29 and 30 June, London Cruise Terminal, Tilbury
Singers and choral groups from across the area will come together for two days of workshops and performances at the London Cruise Terminal as part of the FUSED Thurrock Choral Festival. On Saturday, the workshops range from an Introduction to Gospel Singing, to classes on sight-singing and vocal warm ups, while Sunday focuses on young singers, including workshops on beatbox and rap.
5 July, Ellis Theatre, Gateway Academy, Grays
Young people from Thurrock and Southend join forces with French dance company Eco and choreographer Emilio Calcagno to present an evening of contemporary ballet. Eco will perform a special adaptation of their recent work Peau d'Ane (Donkey Skin) and young people from the Gateway Academy and Southend YMCA will perform their own pieces in response to Donkey Skin.
8 July, The Thameside Theatre, Grays
Royal Opera House Insights return once again to The Thameside Theatre for an informative introduction to the story of Tosca. Sing some of the musical highlights of Puccini’s masterpiece with the help of professional singers and a member of The Royal Opera Music Staff. No previous singing experience necessary!
Tosca BP Big Screens
18 July, High House Production Park, Purfleet
The High House Production Park will become a centre for passion, intrigue and revenge during the live relay of Puccini’s Tosca as part of BP Big Screens. Refreshments will be available and there will be stalls to wander around. Bring a picnic, a blanket and enjoy a fantastic evening of opera absolutely free!
Jazz Meets The Classics – Beethoven to Brubeck
12 July, Grays Civic Hall
L'Orchestre Symphonique de Bretagne joins forces with composer and musician Chris Brubeck in a fantastic evening of jazz and classical music, presenting a scintillating programme ranging from Brubeck's own trombone concerto to Beethoven's 7th Symphony. The evening will include performances by young musicians from across Thurrock and RM19, the Royal Opera House Thurrock Youth Vocal Group.
Donkey Skin and Jazz Meets The Classics – Beethoven to Brubeck are both produced in partnership with INTERREG IVC who provide funding for interregional cooperation across Europe.