Bow Down Diaries: Benjamin

We’ve been speaking to the cast of The Opera Group’s Bow Down about their experiences of the production ahead of their performances in the Village Underground tomorrow. In the final instalment, Benjamin Mahns-Mardy tells us how different it has been to working on other projects. Working on this piece has been an incredible experience. Not only…

An interview with Talvin Singh

Talvin Singh is a tabla player, electronic musician, music theorist, record producer and DJ and is widely considered the father of modern Asian electronic music, known for creating an innovative fusion of classical Indian music and electronica. Here we share our recent conversation with Talvin about his Associate Artist performances at the Summer Festival 2012.…

Bow Down Diaries: Mana

In the second instalment of our blog post about the upcoming performances of Bow Down in the Summer Festival, our Marketing & Box Office Intern, Bethan spoke to cast member Mana Shibata about her experiences working on the production so far. The first performance was quite scary for me. As a child I trained in…

Women sing East sing with Sally

Sally MacTaggart is one of this year’s Music Animateur Apprentices, and has been spending time this term with inimitable band of forty female voices, Women sing East. As the Summer Festival draws near, she tells us what she been up to with the choir.   I am now eight weeks into my time with Women sing…

Bow Down Diaries: Rehana

Following two very successful performances at Brighton and Norfolk & Norwich Festivals, the cast of The Opera Group’s Bow Down are currently enjoying a bit of respite before joining us at the Village Underground for their Summer Festival performance on Wednesday 13 June. We took the opportunity to ask them to share a few of their experiences so…

In video: Old Earth with Harry Christophers

Our friends at The Sixteen recently sent this over video with conductor Harry Christophers, Jericho director Jonathan Holmes and composer Alec Roth, who have been working with the singers and veteran actor, and national treasure Alan Howard. They will be presenting Old Earth, a music theatre collaboration which includes the first theatrical presentation of four monologues…