Full Circle – Community Opera

Over 18 months in 2017-18, Newham Music worked in partnership with Lister Community School to create an original opera that connected with real people in our community. ‘Full Circle’ is a relevant and modern opera, written entirely by the young people of Newham – their words, their music.

Full Circle: Remixed

Throughout 2019 we worked with more partners, more schools, and LOTS more talented young people to bring Newham’s community opera to the Royal Albert Hall for the Music for Youth Proms 2019. We took over 800 young musicians to one of the most prestigious performance venues in the world, where they were the headline act!

It took months of preparation – learning the songs, writing new spoken word narrations, and practising as a huge 800+ ensemble from schools across the borough. It was all worth it when Newham’s young people impressed a huge audience and shared their hometown story. You can see all of the images from the Royal Albert Hall performance here and watch the full performance below.

Newham’s Community Opera would have never been possible without the support of our partners and funders. Special thanks to Aspers Good Causes Fund, Arts Council England, Counterpoints Arts, D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust, Ernest Hecht Charitable Trust, Jack Petchey Foundation, London Borough of Newham, Royal Docks: Join the Docks, and Southbank Centre.

Jack Petchey FoundationNational Foundation For Youth MusicArts Council England

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