2017: Paws and Padlocks

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

Participant Feedback

“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

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Keep on checking our website for updates on Autumn performances and rescheduled dates for 2021. We also have our Blackheath Goes Gospel 2020 course now available where rehearsals will be 'in person' at Blackheath Halls in line with current guidelines.

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