25 March 2015 at 3.08pm | Comment on this article
The Royal Opera House Thurrock Community Chorus, featuring four international soloists from the Royal Opera’s Jette Parker Young Artist Programme, will perform at the Brandenburg Choral Festival this April.
The festival is London’s biggest choral celebration and showcases amateur choirs in a number of Central London venues. The ROH Thurrock Community Chorus will perform pieces from La traviata, Carmen, and Madama Butterfly, as well as other works by Copland and Wagner, as part of an evening of ‘Opera Choruses and Folksongs’. They will be joined by JPYA soloists Luis Gomes, Anush Hovhannisyan, Rachel Kelly and Yuriy Yurchuk, under the Musical Direction of Jeremy Haneman and assistant Musical Director Michalis Angelakis.
The Royal Opera House Thurrock Community Chorus offers local residents the opportunity to find their voice and is open to anyone aged eight and over living in Thurrock. Though they rehearse and perform regularly in Thurrock, Brandenburg Festival will be a great opportunity for audiences to see them in the capital.
‘The Royal Opera House Thurrock Community Chorus are so sincere and they love what they do’, says soprano Anush Hovhannisyan. ‘In a professional choir there can be a sense that it is just a job, but for the Community Chorus you know that they want to absorb everything, that they are always present and always keen to do more. There is so much energy from them and that is the best thing for an artist to feel.’
The Royal Opera House Thurrock Community Chorus will be performing at 7.30pm on Sunday 26 April at St James Sussex Gardens in London. To find out more or to book tickets, visit the St Martin-in-the-Fields website.
The Royal Opera House Thurrock Community Chorus is generously sponsored by Thurrock Borough Council and Royal Opera House Endowment Fund.