Dare to Dream at the Royal Albert Hall

On Monday 18 March 1,600 Buckinghamshire school children will perform at the Royal Albert Hall in Dare to Dream, an innovative newly commissioned children's opera bringing together children from Syria, Uganda, Bangladesh and Buckinghamshire. Garsington Opera has partnered with Rosetta Life and Buckinghamshire Music Trust (BMT) to create the piece which is directed by Garsington Opera's Karen Gillingham with music by Hannah Conway, funded by the American Friends of Garsington Opera.

A massed choir of 650 primary school children from Buckinghamshire, a stage company of 90 primary school children from three Bucks schools, soloists Claire Wild (soprano) and Kieran Rayner (baritone) and a 25-piece orchestra from BMT will perform Dare to Dream

Poems and themes initiated and explored in Skype workshops, connecting the stage company children with pupils in the three other countries have been interwoven into a libretto by Lucinda Jarrett and Chris Rawlence from Rosetta Life. Film-maker Claudia Lee and designer Rhiannon Newman-Brown have created a breathtaking multi-media, staged opera production incorporating film into the design and composition. The filmed content will bring the young poets from Syria, Uganda and Bangladesh to the stage and incorporate their images and voices into the production. These children across the globe have explored some challenging conversations about difficult lives and have developed a shared vision of hope through friendship and a belief in their collective future. 

Dare to Dream forms the second half of Echoes 8, a biennial singing event produced by BMT, with Love & Life, a song cycle performed by another 850 Buckinghamshire primary singers in the first half. 

The performance begains at 7pm at the Royal Albert Hall on Monday 18 March 2019. Click here for tickets.