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This Summer, High House Production Park in Thurrock is hosting a wide variety of events to celebrate composer Giuseppe Verdi. From workshops and activities, to concerts and live screenings, there is plenty to get involved with.
FUSED Festival, a three-day festival that includes workshops, interactive exhibitions, activities and concerts, comes to Thurrock this summer with a programme that explores the themes central to Verdi's Requiem: remembrance, conflict and loss.
Curated by conductor Jeremy Haneman and Artistic Director of Elastic Theatre Jacek Ludwig Scarso - both acclaimed vocal experts - the festival includes contributions from the Romany Theatre Company and Southend YMCA.
The festival opens on 3 July with a performance Verdi’s Requiem, a dramatic and emotionally powerful piece that is one of the best-loved of the choral repertory. The performance, which will be repeated on 4 July, unites the Royal Opera House Thurrock Community Chorus with the Brighton Festival Chorus and soloists from the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme. They will perform with the Orchestre de Picardie and Orchestre Symphonique de Bretagne, under the direction of leading Dutch conductor Arie van Beek. The performance on the 3 July will be preceded with a pre-performance Insight event at 7pm. Find out more.
On Saturday 5 July, Jeremy and Jacek will lead a creative and interactive workshop entitled Songs of Life and Death. The workshop, which is suitable for all ages and takes place from 2.30–5pm, will explore the power of the human voice in conflict throughout history. In the evening, Thurrock’s youth vocal group RM19 will perform the world premiere of A Little Thing Called Life. The performance marks the culmination of several months work, during which RM19 has been exploring concepts of remembrance, conflict and loss to create an original piece of music, drama and design.
Tickets for Verdi’s Requiem cost £15 (£12 concession) with Early Bird offers running until 23 May. They can be booked online or via the Royal Opera House Box Office on +44 (0) 207 304 4000. Tickets for the workshop and RM19 performance are available via the Royal Opera House Box Office on +44 (0) 207 304 4000. A combined ticket costs £15 (£10 concession). Early Bird offers are running until the 23 May.
Rigoletto on the BP Big Screen
The Royal Opera’s production brings to life the authentic colour and spectacle of Renaissance Mantua – including its darker side – in a thrilling tale of seduction, trickery and revenge.
The live relay is free to attend, and takes place on 17 September at 7.30pm, with pre-performance activities from 5pm. Come early to get a good spot and make the most of the evening.
Thurrock Community Chorus and RM19
Thurrock is home to the Royal Opera House Thurrock Community Chorus, a group that is open to anybody living, working or studying in the area who loves to sing. Younger singers are able to perform with RM19, the area's free vocal group for 11-25 year-olds. Both the Chorus and RM19 hold taster sessions twice a year for those interested in taking part. To find out more, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call +44 (0) 1708 891 200.
Tours of the Bob and Tamar Manoukian Production Workshop
The ROH's workshop is home to scenic painters, carpenters and metalworkers. Our tours take a behind the scenes look at the artists and craftspeople who create the amazing sets and scenery for The Royal Opera and The Royal Ballet Productions and offers an insight into the skills necessary to create world class sets and design.
Thurrock tours can be booked online, or by calling the Royal Opera House box office on +44 (0) 20 7304 4000.
Find out more about how you can get involved at with Royal Opera House Thurrock.