One can never know who is going to be turning up for a Streetwise Opera workshop and you may think that this is a problem and to some extent it is. It does however keep you on your toes and makes you really flexible as a workshop leader as we aim to welcome and include everyone! Nearly every week at the moment we have new people turn up so we have to incorporate the new ones as well as keeping the regular guys happy. Streetwise also like to get the regular guys actively involved with helping the new people get into the swing of things, which works really well.
This week during the workshop we were invited by the Royal Concert Hall manager Neil Bennison to come and watch the rehearsal of the Halle Orchestra performing Mahler's Symphony No 9 with conductor Sir Mark Elder. Wow, the orchestra was enormous! I believe there were around 80 players but unfortunately we only got to listen to about 5 mins of the rehearsal before their break (just our luck)!! However, it was the end of the sublime slow movement and it sounded amazing, especially in the wonderful acoustic. What a bonus for everyone to be in this environment.
We delivered a workshop for Streetwise Opera at a Framework HA Conference, Basford Hall Conference Centre, Nottingham. This was to promote the fabulous work that Streetwise Opera do supporting the homeless and vulnerable people though music/opera/drama. It was a great success and not only have we had many more participants coming to our Tuesday workshops, we also had some great feedback from the Conference:
"Please accept .. my sincere THANK YOU to you, Neil and Tim, for a wonderful session as part of our leadership forum event a couple of weeks ago. It really went down a storm, with the vast majority making specific comments in feedback about the 'inspiring and good fun' opera session"
'Streetwise opera great intro and entertainment. Perfect for occasion.'
'Streetwise opera brilliant fun and made me happy!'