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Last Streetwise Workshop at Elizabeth House


June 3rd 2014, This was to be Streetwise Opera’s last visit to Elizabeth House run by Framework of Nottingham.

The last two times we had been here, the turn-out had not been so good but we have since found out that this was to do with other factors - not because people were not enjoying it! However this week we had a Last Streetwise Workshop at Elizabeth Housefull house and it was an equal mix of both male and female. One of the women who attended was actually leaving that afternoon to start a new life in a flat in Bulwell, Nottingham, but still found the time to fit the workshop in before she left. She actually told us she had been looking forward to us coming.

It is never easy for newcomers to come to a workshop. They don’t know what the content is or whether they will enjoy it, plus everyone is always nervous before we start, even Tim and I.

After about an hour it was clear that all involved were having a great time and enjoying our mix of games and acting exercises before getting stuck into some singing.

We always pick some popular music to start with, which we think they will have heard before. Then we launch into some Opera!  We are basing the current work around Bizet’s Carmen. We even managed to stage a small scene by the end of the session. Tim and I were told we would be missed and were promised that all would come to the Streetwise Opera workshops at the Royal Concert Hall this Tuesday!

Streetwise at the  Royal Concert Hall Workshop 3rd June 2014

After a very successful afternoon in Elisabeth House we were fired up and ready for our regular Tuesday Streetwise Opera workshop.

This week was a wee bit special because we were going to be doing the workshop in one the Foyers of the Concert Hall. We had a beautiful Yamaha Grand Piano for Tim to play on and a fabulous panoramic view of the  rooftops  of Nottingham.

We have had over 10 new people join the Tuesday workshops since our move to the RCH. There has been an influx of people from Framework hostels/Flats since Tim and I (representing Streetwise Opera) ran a 30minute taster workshop for the managers at their recent conference.

As I have said in previous blog posts, we are working on the Opera Cavalleria Rusticana - a tale of love won and lost, lust, betrayal, adultery and death, a bit like East Enders!!

Every week we add another layer to the scene eventually ending up with a version of the Opera, Streetwise style!! This means we cut out bits here and there, get the participants to write their own lyrics to arias and choruses and make it their own experience. This process is great because everyone gets to understand the Opera in great detail.

Streetwise Opera Nottingham group are also singing with the Drive Time Choir and the Halle Orchestra on June the 19th June. The Drivetime Concert on Thursday 19 June they are going to be singing two famous opera choruses - the Anvil Chorus from Verdi's Il Trovatore and the Easter Hymn from Mascagni's Cavalleria Rusticana.





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