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Skill Sharing Workshop for Facilitators – Work with us in 2022!

We are delighted to be partnering with Southwark Playhouse to offer a free opera skills sharing workshop from 1pm to 4pm on Friday 8th October 2021.

We are looking to meet facilitators who are interested in learning about opera and how their skills may be transferable to working in opera in future, and for us to meet talented facilitators to work with Baseless Fabric on our 2022 projects which will range from one-off sessions to long term programmes.

We recognise that opera is traditionally a white middle class artform and the lack of diversity in the arts is one of the sector’s most important issues. We strongly believe not only that opera is for everyone but that our casts and workshop leading teams should be representative of the South London areas in which we perform and where we provide young people with our opera workshops. As such, we strongly encourage theatre facilitators of colour to apply.

Practitioners will not need any prior experience in or knowledge of opera to attend. We actively encourage practitioners of all levels to register.

Places are limited so please register your interest in attending by emailing [email protected]

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Introducing Opera to Merton and Wandsworth Schools

Across 2 weeks in July, 14 workshops were delivered to 8 primary and secondary schools in Wandsworth & Merton. Sports halls were filled with the sounds of the Toreador Song and the moves from the latest TikTok trends as the children were introduced to Baseless Fabric’s adaptation of Bizet’s Carmen by our wonderful team of facilitators Rachel Maby, Juliane Gallant and Elliott Daley.

Feedback from the students has been wonderful. 99% of students said that they liked the workshop with 81% of those saying they loved it. 85% of students said that after the workshop they would now definitely attend or consider attending an opera. When asked what they had learnt during the session answers ranged from as specific as “the position of the larynx when singing” to simply “that I like opera!” and “that opera can be fun!”

Possibly one of the most rewarding parts of these workshops is that our facilitators see the impact the experience can have on the students, and even see growth in the confidence and interest of individual children over the course of the session. For example, student ‘P’ started his session with his back to the facilitators. During the course of the workshop he became more interested, especially when Juliane compared music to his favourite subject, maths. By the end ‘P’ was fully involved, excited and he wanted to answer ALL the questions!

Student ‘S’ was described by teachers as a very disengaged student who regularly checks out of lessons and doesn’t speak much. However, much to her teacher’s surprise, ‘S’ was very engaged throughout the workshop. Her hand kept shooting up during discussions and she was very happy to share her knowledge on instruments of the orchestra.

Student ‘A’ did not seem interested or confident at the start when he found out it was an opera workshop, but he loved the singing and acting and was very helpful in encouraging others to join in once he realised how much fun it was!

These workshops were organised with the help of the lovely teams at Merton Music Foundation and Wandsworth Music and were generously supported by Wimbledon Foundation, Wandsworth Council, Merton Council, Arts Council England and The Samuel Gardner Memorial Trust.

 

 

 

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Opera Taster Workshops Are Underway

This week marked the start of our Carmen Opera Taster Workshops to 8 primary and secondary schools in Wandsworth & Merton. The workshops were organised with the help of the lovely teams as Merton Music Foundation and Wandsworth Music and will be delivered over the next 2 weeks by our brilliant team of facilitators – Rachel Maby, Juliane Gallant, Elliott Daley and Elizabeth Humphries.

 

 

 

 

Kindly supported by Wimbledon Foundation, Wandsworth Council, Merton Council, Arts Council England and The Samuel Gardner Memorial Trust, these workshops aim to inspire young people’s interest in singing and performing opera in a fun and accessible way and give them a chance to hear a professional opera singer sing live and up close.

 

 

 

 

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Care Home Concerts Return!

Claire & Elspeth

Following the success of our concerts in September 2020, our covid-safe Care Home Concerts are returning this May! Thanks to the generosity of Wimbledon Foundation and Merton Giving, we will be performing for residents and staff from the gardens and carparks of care homes across Wandsworth and Merton.

We are thrilled that Soprano Claire Wild and Pianist Elspeth Wilkes will be returning to deliver these concerts with us. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram where we’ll be posting throughout the project.