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Full Circle – Community Opera

Since Autumn 2017, Newham Music has been working 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.

Many people think opera is all about wobbly voices and singing in Italian – that is only partly true! Whilst some famous operas were written in Italian and feature extremely difficult solos, not all operas are the same. The two things all operas do have in common are storytelling and singing, both things that anyone can do. We wanted to create a modern opera with modern voices that everyone can enjoy while celebrating the wealth of talent and diversity across the borough. 

Composer John Barber and librettist (she writes the words) Hazel Gould have been leading workshops where students, teachers and community members have come together to create a meaningful piece of art. ‘Full Circle’ will be a relevant and modern opera written by the people of Newham, for the people of Newham. 

Join us at the premiere on 5 July at Lister Community School, or at Newham Music’s annual Festival of Youth on 11 July at Theatre Royal Stratford East.

Check out this sneak peek of one of the creation workshops:


Jack Petchey FoundationNational Foundation For Youth MusicArts Council England