Opera & Wellbeing

We are committed to developing our Opera & Wellbeing strand of work in local hospitals and communities, including an annual project with service users at Wycombe Women's Aid. We have undertaken a period of consultation with Lucinda Jarrett (Rosetta Life) to explore how to develop this provision over the next three to five years. Rosetta Life is a group of artists who work with those living with life-limited illness, shaping and sharing stories that matter through movement, song, image, film and writing. They aim to transform the stigma of illlness and change the perception of disability. 

Join us for our health and wellbeing projects
Working in partnership with Rosetta Life, we are launching a project to deliver health and wellbeing performance arts across Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire. Our Adult Company has been invited to take part in the hospital element of the project as well as our usual evening company rehearsals. We will be focusing on building performance arts within the rehabilitation services of High Wycombe Hospital Stroke unit. This is a development of Hospital Passion Play, performed at the V&A in 2017. 

​We would love to hear from local adults of all ages who enjoy singing and performing. Projects are fully funded, no prior experience is required and no audition is necessary. Our directors are hugely experienced in working with non-professionals and bringing the best out of them. Whether you have performed before or would like to try something new, become part of this exciting company by emailing learning@garsingtonopera.org or calling 01865 361636

PHASE 1: Winter 2019 
Ward Songs
We begin with a six-week project, starting on Thursday 7 November, learning and staging some beautiful songs that have been written with stroke survivors and composed by Orlando Gough. There will also be workshops in the hospital for patients which will include a small group from the Adult Company who will support them through the process. This will culminate in a short, public performance at Wycombe Hospital on Saturday 7 December at 2.30pm

Download the rehearsal schedule here

PHASE 2: Summer 2020
The Hospital Passion Play project continues with eight sessions in June and July. Orlando Gough will compose new music in response to Beethoven's Fidelio, drawing on themes from Hospital Passion Play. We will also use music from Fidelio to form part of the performance which will be on an outdoor stage at Garsington Opera's home on the Wormsley Estate on Sunday 19 July 2020