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Orchestras of Auschwitz

Created in memory of Sir Martin Gilbert, renowned Holocaust historian, The Orchestras of Auschwitz memorializes musicians imprisoned in Auschwitz-Birkenau & forced to play each day for slave labour commandos as they left for & returned from work. The production gives life to hidden compositions from the camp incorporated into a compelling new work with music and libretto.

 

The Canary Boys

A celebration of stories and histories connected to the UK’s rich coal mining heritage, performed in a cutting edge travelling installation. The Canary Boys combines music, dance, design and film to create a unique opera-ballet production, inspired by cross generational outreach with mining communities and young people, supported on-line by recordings, photographs, artefacts and film.

 

Conversations with Form

A specially commissioned set of performances to contribute to a unique tribute garden, in honour of the sculptor Dame Barbara Hepworth, selected for the Chelsea Flower Show 2018. The music was first commissioned by the Hepworth Estate, 2015, followed by a second piece commissioned by Tate St Ives. The garden will combine garden design, music, dance, architecture and sculpture.

 

Sideshows

Awarded the Lord Mayor’s Composition Prize 2017 & the Philip Bates Prize 2013, Sideshows is an unhinged circus extravaganza, where the Ringmaster and his ensemble of clowns present outrageous acts that spiral out of control to hilarious effect. Featuring an explosive jazz-inspired score, some acts are sung whilst others are danced, to bring the freakish characters to life.

 

Playing with Glass

An opera-ballet double-bill produced in collaboration with the Brontë Society, comprising: Shattered Glass which amalgamates the music of Arthur Butterworth with letters written by Charlotte Brontë to her professor M. Héger and Glasstown which brings together four stories from the fictional world conceived by the Brontë siblings, Emily, Charlotte, Anna and Bramwell