Garsington Youth Opera Company Residency

This week, Garsington Opera's Learning and Participation team are collaborating with Buckinghamshire Learning Trust Music on a week long residency. Following workshops at Easter, our Youth Opera Company of 44 singers and 19 young players from Buckinghamshire Learning Trust Music are performing two contemporary opera works. The pieces by John Barber and Roxanna Panufnik will be featured on the main stage at Wormsley for an invited audience on Friday 5 August.

Rehearsals are taking place all week at Aylesbury Music Centre with the main aim of providing a high quality experience that nurtures and fosters talent, and develops singing, dramatic and orchestral skills. The students have the opportunity to work with professional directors, vocal coaches and conductors, and the residency brings together young people from different backgrounds.

Originally written for the Royal Opera House's Youth Opera Company, Mighty Oaks Academy is a 12-minute mini-opera composed by John Barber, with words by Denton Chikura. 

Silver Birch Song - the opening chorus from the Roxanna Panufnik opera Silver Birch - will also be semi-staged as a taster for Garsington Opera's 2017 People's Opera. Many performers on this project will go on to perform in Silver Birch which is part of Garsington Opera's 2017 season, in which they will appear alongside professional artists. 

Both works will be directed by our Learning & Participation Director, Karen Gillingham, with musical direction from Suzi Zumpe, and the orchestra is conducted by Karin Hendrickson.