Canticles (2002)

 

Music: Benjamin Britten

 

This co-production with Streetwise Opera was a major community project, based around workshops in five London homeless shelters, and involving many homeless participants in the final performances at Westminster Abbey.

 

 

Assistant Directors: Una Murphy, Nicole Proia, Claire Parry-Jones, Nina Brazier, Jemma Gardner

 

 

Beyond moving… The arts have this magical power to bring us closer together through our own creativity and through our responses to that of others. This event proved it beyond a shadow of a doubt. I doubt whether the performers or anyone else present will ever forget this inspired and inspiring occasion. Opera ★★★★★

 

Every performer and director Š—– for there were many Š—– should be proud: a witty, brave, imaginative evening. Independent on Sunday ★★★★★

 

Truly awe-inspiring. Cynics detecting political correctness in overdrive would have felt satisfied if the results were makeshift and amateurish, but the opposite was true. Musically the performances were superb. The Times ★★★★★

 

I could sing a hundred praises of this superb stage premiere, yet still undersell it. This was peripatetic drama at its best: powerful, involving, sympathetic, touching, inspiring. The Independent ★★★★

 

Proof that it is worth investing in the arts because they can improve people’s lives, at ground level, where it’s needed. The Guardian ★★★★

 

Read the independent evaluation of Canticles

Starring participants from:


The Dellow Centre


The Passage


Look Ahead, Victoria


The London Connection


Queen Mary Hostel


 


 


Director: Bill Bankes Jones


Producer: Matthew Peacock


Designer: Carrie Southall


Lighting Designer: Mark Doubleday


Music Director/Piano: Dominic Harlan


Tenor: Daniel Norman


Countertenor: Simon Baker


Countertenor (Voice of God): James Bowman


Tenor (Voice of God): Ian Partridge


Baritone:Tom Guthrie


Harp: Alice Trentham


French Horn: Evgeny Chebykin


Dancer: Tim Blowfield


Project Co-ordinator: JJ


Production Manager: Tom Albu


Stage Manager: Marius Ronning


Wardrobe: Lucy Khan


Production Assistant: Terry Doyle