We strive to develop work with the diverse communities around us, encouraging adults to become part of our Community Chorus. Through our community projects we offer performance opportunities and encourage the development of new skills and friendships.
Adult Community Chorus and the National Spinal Injuries Centre
From February to April 2016 we worked with our Adult Community Chorus and staff and patients at The National Spinal Injuries Centre, to devise new work, some drawing on the themes in Eugene Onegin which lead to a performance at the centre in Stoke Mandeville.
This included a live Skype relay to The John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, where we were also supporting work with stroke patients. This work provided an in-depth creative experience, alongside contributing to rehabilitation programmes and is a long-term commitment for us. We were delighted to broaden this work in 2017 and make links with Lucinda Jarrett, a creative expert in this specialist field.
We have recently completed a second series of workshops with this inspiring programme, written by Patricia Craven, to assist people in abusive relationships. During October and November 2015 we worked with an inspiring group of women drawing on the passionate themes in Eugene Onegin to produce a short performance, including a beautiful poem written by one participant, for an invited audience.
The workshops included a session at the start and end run by an experienced Freedom Programme trainer to explore some of the synergy of the opera's characters and those experienced in the women's lives. Some of the participants were interviewed live by Wycombe Sound about the project, sharing the benefits it brought.