The Winter Festival is drawing ever nearer, and one particular milestone was the official launch of our collaboration with Streetwise Opera, Fables – A Film Opera. From a brisk walk through the cold, the Spitalfields Music staff arrived at Toynbee Hall to catch the end of a typically animated Streetwise participant rehearsal. Sadly, we weren’t able to stand and take in their music making as we were all put on duties of bow-tying, badge-pinning, glass-setting, bucket-filling, cordial-mixing and so on. Although, I did manage to escape to position the video camera for interviewing a variety of people involved in the project. (Look out for the results of this, to be exclusively released on the blog soon!)
“We all joined in for a rousing rendition of the sea shanty ‘Haul Away Joe’.”
The hubbub of arriving guests and filling glasses was soon interrupted by Spitalfields Music Chairman, Sir Alan Moses, who along with Streetwise Executive Director Matthew Peacock introduced us all to the partnership and the concept behind Fables. The stage was then taken over by Artistic Director Emma Bernard and the Streetwise participants who inventively retold the stories of Fables mixed in with a series of musical and visual previews.
We saw some striking footage from The Hartlepool Monkey, heard both lyrical and energetic excerpts from the scores by Mira Calix and Emily Hall, and all joined in for a rousing rendition of the sea shanty ‘Haul Away Joe’, used by Bellowhead composers Paul Sartin & Andy Mellon.
In the return to mingling, it was instantly clear from talking to both guests and participants that everyone in the room was excited to see the finished product, following the vivacious tit-bit we’d been treated to. Expect an audio-visual sensation on 17 December!
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Fables – A Film Opera
Wednesday 17 December, 5.00pm, 7.00pm & 9.00pm
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