Children's Community Opera

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Kate Whitley New Commission

To celebrate the fifth anniversary of the annual Children’s Opera in April 2017, Blackheath Halls has commissioned a new opera by emerging British composer Kate Whitley. 60 children recruited from local schools, Music Hubs, the Royal Greenwich and Blackheath Halls Youth Choir and elsewhere, will perform a fully staged, original opera alongside professionals, local adults and vocal students from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.

Performance dates: Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 April, Great Hall, Blackheath Halls

Composer: Kate Whitley

Kate Whitley is a composer, pianist and producer who is a 2014 Borletti Buitoni Trust Special Award Winner (piano, composition) and received a 2013 Sky Academy Futures Fund Bursary for her work in bringing classical music out of the concert hall and into new contexts: “a generation tainted by nothing except enthusiasm, daring, virtuosity and idealism is blazing onto the scene. Kate Whitely is typical of this bold new breed” - The Times, 2011.

She is the founder and Artistic Director, with conductor Christopher Stark, of The Multi-Story Orchestra, which began with a critically acclaimed performance of Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring in a disused multi-story car park in Peckham. She was 2013/14 Music Fellow at Rambert Dance Company, and 2015 New Music Programmer at Kettles Yard Art Gallery.

Librettist: Sabrina Mahfouz

Sabrina Mahfouz is a playwright, poet and librettist. She has been a Sky Arts Academy Scholar for Poetry, a Poet In Residence for Cape Farewell and an Associate Playwright at the Bush Theatre.

Her creative work has been recognized with a number of awards, including a 2014 Fringe First Award, a 2013 Sky Arts Futures Fund Award, an Old Vic New Voices Underbelly Edinburgh Award, and a Westminster Prize for New Playwrights.


To make a donation to the Blackheath Halls Children's Opera, or for further information about our Community Engagement Programme, please contact Ruth Thomas, Development Officer on 020 8305 3894 or at [email protected].