Royal Opera House Lead on an Ambitious Vocal Project in Thurrock
Young Vocalists Create a New Work for Festival
RM19, the Royal Opera House Thurrock’s youth vocal group for 11-25 year olds, are in the middle of an exciting new project – they are creating a completely new work which will be premiered on Saturday 5th July. This is the group’s most ambitious project yet as they are writing the music, the words and the drama for this new production, designing the scenery, costumes, props and even the marketing campaign, as well as performing the show.
In a series of workshops led by Artistic Director Dominic Peckham, Director Greg Eldridge, Composer Nick Jones and Rapper/Lyricist Shay D, the young people have been exploring the ideas that matter most to them and responding to them with words, music, drama and design. They have been inspired by the Verdi Requiem and World War One, and have chosen to focus on seven themes:
Isolation and Loneliness
Anger and Judgement
Togetherness and Unity
Acceptance and Authenticity
Influence and Having a Voice
Hope and Aspiration
Escape, Freedom and Release
The piece will be performed as part of the Fused Festival at High House Production Park in July, a three day Festival of concerts, workshops, insight events, exhibitions and film screenings, including a large-scale performance of the Verdi Requiem by the Royal Opera House Thurrock Community Chorus, Brighton Festival Chorus, Orchestre Symphonique de Bretagne and Orchestre de Picardie.