In 2017 Blackheath Halls commissioned an original new XChildren's opera by award-winning composer Kate Whitley. 'Paws and Padlocks' premiéred on 8th and 9th April 2017.
Musical Director Christopher Stark
Director Harry Fehr
Designer Eleanor Wdowski
Lighting Designer Christopher Nairne
Ayesha Claire Wild
Zac Nicholas Merryweather
“I loved the bringing together of professionals and amateurs: adults and children: seasoned regulars and novices...I feel privileged that my daughter was a part of it.” Parent of a child participant
Reviews by local press
“The annual Children’s Opera staged by Blackheath Halls moved into the stratosphere this year with the world premiere of a work commissioned by the venue.”
“…the real stars of this exuberant production were local schoolkids Shanice Chin and Callum Adams as Georgina and Georgie”.
“Director Harry Fehr and his team won a standing ovation from the crowd…and never has such a rousing reception been more justified.”
Produced with support from the following organisations: Arts Council England | The Ambache Charitable Trust | The Bernarr Rainbow Trust | The Hyne Trust Lewisham Main Grants Fund | The Royal Victoria Hall Foundation | The Ralph Vaughan Williams Trust | The Blackheath Halls Children’s Opera Composer’s Circle