1 May 2014 at 10.46am | 1 Comment
The Royal Opera House Thurrock Community Chorus and Brighton Festival Chorus will join forces with two outstanding professional French orchestras – Orchestre de Picardie and L’Orchestre Symphonique de Bretagne – in what will be a unique performance conducted by Arie van Beek. James Edwards, Jette Parker Young Artist Michel de Souza, and former Young Artists Monika-Evelin Liiv and Anita Watson will also perform.
‘To have international visiting orchestras coming here to do this kind of performance is an unmissable opportunity,’ says Matt Lane, Head of Thurrock and Thames Gateway. ‘To have local people performing alongside world-class musicians really fits with our ethos – to create opportunities for people to engage in high-quality cultural experiences.’
Last November, the Brighton Festival Chorus, Orchestre de Picardie and L’Orchestre Symphonique de Bretagne performed the Verdi Requiem in Amiens, Compiègne and Rennes to a combined audience of over 3,600.
Anush Hovhannisyan and Arie van Beek during a performance of the Verdi Requiem by the Brighton Festival Chorus, Orchestre de Picardie and L’Orchestre Symphonique de Bretagne in France © Carole Leung 2013
Jette Parker Young Artists Anush Hovhannisyan was one of four current and former members of the programme who took part in the performance.
‘I was sure that the project would be a big success but I had no idea how big,’ said Anush. ‘There were many people congratulating us after the concert, but many more came up to me the next day. It was something the audience had been looking forward to for a long time and you could see that they gained something very special from the concert.’
Both the performance in November and the forthcoming performance this July take place as part of the Royal Opera House’s involvement in ACT – A Common Territory, a European partnership between 13 different organizations. ACT supports creative and collaborative projects with local and European partners.
Previous events include Donkey Skin, a collaboration between young people from Thurrock and Southend and French dance company Eco; and Jazz Meets The Classics – Beethoven to Brubeck, a concert with young musicians from Thurrock, community choir RM19, jazz master Chris Brubeck and L’Orchestre Symphonique de Bretagne.
Verdi's Requiem will be performed on 3 and 4 July 2014. Tickets are available from the ROH Box Office on +44 (0) 20 7304 4000 with early bird offers available.
This network is a project selected under the European cross-border Cooperation Programme INTERREG IV A France (Channel) – England, co-funded by the ERDF.