Making Opera

1 April 2009

Our first ever "pageant" was a mixed show of solos, songs and acting. We performed scenes from Purcell's opera Dido and Aeneas – a tragic love story ending in Dido's death from a broken heart; Bob Chilcott's sports-themed A Sporting Chance for brass quintet and singers ("cool and groovy" in the words of one of the singers!) and The Lambton Worm – a legendary beast, rooted in County Durham on the banks of the Wear.

An audience member said the event was: 

"Great fun for audience and performers"

Students from Monkwearmouth Community High School, Bishopwearmouth Young Singers and adults from the community learnt to sing and act together for this fab show. Over 50 people took part in total, aged from 8 to over 65, supported by 11 professionals.

Some of them told us:

"This is the best choir I’ve ever been in."

"I made loads of new friends."

That's good enough for us!

Moira Johnston, of the Sunderland Echo, said:

"If Saturday night was just a start, I look forward to the future"

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