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Swap your al desko lunch for a lunchtime sing-along

Big Sing Friday events offer a lunchtime injection of opera at the ROH, regardless of experience.

By Lottie Butler (Assistant Content Producer)

16 April 2014 at 2.32pm | 2 Comments

Big Sing Fridays are group sing-along sessions that take place on selected Friday lunchtimes in the Paul Hamlyn Hall, offering you a chance to perform and be coached through some operatic classics.

‘It is a fast-paced, lunchtime injection of opera singing,’ says Dominic Peckham, Artistic Director of RM19, ROH Thurrock's youth singing group. ‘No matter who you are and what your experience is, no matter if you can’t read music, speak French or sing Italian, you are invited to come along for just one hour, pick up some music and sing,’

The sessions, which are led by Royal Opera music staff and guest artists, often include performances by Jette Parker Young Artists. Earlier this Season Young Artists Ashley Riches and David Butt Philip took part in a session that included Votre toast (the Toreador’s Song) and La fleur que tu m'avais jetée from Carmen. The sessions cover a range of repertory, including both chorus and solo extracts; other Big Sing Fridays have included Là ci darem, Don Giovanni and Zerlina’s duet from Don Giovanni and Brindisi from La traviata.

‘It is a great opportunity for both the audience and the singers – the Young Artists enjoy getting to know the public in an informal setting, while the audience has the chance to hear wonderful young singers in a beautiful space,’ says Dominic.

The next Big Sing Friday will take place next week on 25 April. Conducted by Tim Murray, the session will include music from Anna NicoleAdvance tickets are available online at £5, and there are day tickets available on the door.

By Lottie Butler (Assistant Content Producer)

16 April 2014 at 2.32pm

This article has been categorised Opera and tagged Big Sing Fridays, Choir, Chorus, Dominic Peckham, participation, paul hamlyn hall, sing, singing, The Royal Opera, young artists