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Full Circle – Community Opera

Over 18 months, Newham Music worked in partnership with Lister Community School to create an original opera with the help of students, parents, and musicians from the community, based on the inspiring story of one of Newham’s own residents. They were joined by pupils from Sarah Bonnell, Rokeby, and five local primaries and together created Newham’s Community Opera – Full Circle. 

Composer John Barber and librettist (she writes the words) Hazel Gould led workshops where students, teachers and community members came together to create a meaningful piece of art that connected with real people today. ‘Full Circle’ is a relevant and modern opera written by the people of Newham, for the people of Newham.

Check out this behind the scenes video from UEL which shows the journey from inception to performance – really bringing the project Full Circle: 

Special thanks to UEL, Aspers Good Causes Fund and the Southbank Centre for making this project possible.

Jack Petchey FoundationNational Foundation For Youth MusicArts Council England