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British Youth Opera, the only company to provide training to emerging professionals in all areas of opera production, returns to London’s Peacock Theatre for their 2018 summer season.

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British Youth Opera was founded in 1987 to provide professional rehearsal and performance opportunities for emerging singers, musicians and technical trainees on the threshold of their careers. Now regarded as one of the country’s foremost opera training companies, it works to provide the very best professional development through an annual programme of workshops, masterclasses and fully-staged operas in partnership with Southbank Sinfonia.

Summer Season productions are rehearsed by directors and conductors with a wealth of experience and with a particular gift for nurturing and developing emerging talent. Participants are coached in all aspects of their craft with vocal, dialogue, music and language coaching given by leading experts in their respective fields.

This chance to learn from experienced professionals is also offered to assistant directors, conductors, designers, repetiteurs stage management and other technical trainees.

The Summer Season is regarded by music critics, casting directors and agents as an opportunity to view the next generation of professional opera singers.

Noted for their creative programming, the 2018 summer season is no exception with the UK premiere of Jeremy Sams’ The Enchanted Island and a new production of one of the 20th century’s greatest operas, Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress.

The Enchanted Island will be receiving its first production since its premiere and revival at New York’s Metropolitan Opera. Devised and written by Jeremy Sams, it is a pasticcio of music by Handel, Vivaldi, Rameau and others ingeniously fused into a narrative that combines elements from Shakespeare’s The Tempest and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. BYO’s Director of Training and Productions, Stuart Barker, directs the production and conductor Nicholas Kraemer makes his BYO debut.

Igor Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress was completed in 1951 to a libretto by W.H. Auden and Chester Kallman, based on the pictures of William Hogarth. Considered to be one of the greatest operas of the twentieth century, The Rake’s Progress provides wonderfully rich and challenging material for principals and chorus. This will be BYO’s third staging of the opera and this new production will be conducted by BYO’s Music Director, Lionel Friend and will mark the BYO directorial debut of Stephen Unwin.

David Balcombe, BYO’s Executive Director said: “These two works present great training opportunities for our young opera professionals, both on stage and in all creative departments. Alongside ten workshops these productions mean we are able to offer training opportunities to over 200 young singers, artistic trainees and musicians on the cusp of their professional careers.”

Since its founding in 1987, BYO has uniquely provided professional rehearsal and performance opportunities for over 4,000 singers, music staff, orchestral musicians, production trainees and creatives on the threshold of their careers. Now regarded as the country’s foremost training opera company it works to provide the very best professional development through an annual programme of workshops and fully-staged operas. Productions are in partnership with Southbank Sinfonia.

Summer Season productions are rehearsed by directors and conductors with a wealth of experience and with a particular gift for nurturing and developing emerging talent. Participants are coached in all aspects of their craft by leading experts. This chance to learn from experienced professionals is also offered to assistant directors, assistant conductors, assistant designers, repetiteurs, stage management and other production trainees.

Many of the leading professionals in the world of opera received their biggest breaks by working with BYO earning the company its reputation as theplace to spot the stars of future opera seasons. Alumni include Lucy Crowe, Edward Gardner, Rosemary Joshua, Katerina Karnéus, Christopher Maltman, Sally Matthews and Nicky Spence.

Edward Gardner, conductor alumnus and Vice-President: “I still think of my time with BYO as the first proper opera production I worked on, and BYO gave me the taste and the appetite for a lifetime of work in opera!”

After sellout five-star shows at the Bloomsbury Festival and the Tristan Bates Theatre, New Public's debut show Lucid returns to RADA.

Content by Chris Hislop

June 29th – July 7th, RADA (GBS Theatre)

"An inspirationally inventive, brilliant and unmissable show from a company with bags of stunning ideas and the talent to match"

ActDrop

A funny, insightful and at times disturbing journey into the strange yet familiar world of dreams, Lucid combines unique sound design, physical theatre and surreal humour to explore the hidden depths of our subconscious.New Public are a London-based theatre company, formed by graduates of RADA’s MA Theatre Lab. Their work is highly physical and includes an eclectic mix of different performance disciplines.

RADA Festival 2018 is proud to present these works with a focus on making theatre accessible to all , with tickets starting at £5. The annual RADA Festival, now in its seventh edition, brings together RADA graduates and a network of theatre-makers from different backgrounds and disciplines for an innovative and collaborative ten days of theatre, installations, forums and discussions. With over 70 events, the Festival enables participants to take creative risks, extend to new territories and tell stories in unexpected ways. The RADA Festival is supported by The Shaw Fund.

We Are The Team is Reverse Family’s fans anthem ahead of this years World Cup

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Each song represents a single day in the life of lead singer Dermot Illogical. We Are The Team is day no 361 and each track offers a unique experience, a mini drama, a vignette, however dramatic or routine, emotionally charged or neutral, all reflecting the trials, pressures, normalities, mundanities everyone might experience in any given 24 hours.
 
The band have racked up a Fubar Radio, Express FM and Radio Woking session and have received plays on Radio Woking, Soundlab Radio, ICR FM, Siren FM, Blast FM, Bridge FM Dundee, Way Out Radio, Express FM, Punky Radio, Surrey Hills Radio, Dapper FM, Radio 2XS, Vixen 101, Shoreditch Radio, Radio Northumerland, Aural Delights,  Control Radio and many more with previous releases.
 
Sampler’s 1, + 3 were supported with plays on Radio Woking, Soundlab Radio, ICR FM, Siren FM, Blast FM, Bridge FM, Way Out Radio, Express FM, Punky Radio, Surrey Hills Radio, Dapper FM, Vixen 101, Shoreditch Radio, Control Radio and many more.
 
Each song represents a single day in the life. A unique experience, a mini drama, a vignette, however dramatic or routine, emotionally charged or neutral, all reflecting the trials, pressures, normalities, mundanities everyone might experience in any given 24 hours.
 
Reverse Family is the solo project of Dermot Illogical, aided by a fluid band of collaborators from time to time, this debut offering is a lo-fi exploration into an experimental DIY web of sounds and flavours which is hard to pin down but certainly embraces everything from post punk and noise pop to indie and old school punk. In this day and age, in music and recording, because of the immediate hands on technology available, so much emphasis is placed on crafting, shaping, controlling, polishing that any sense of spontaneity or evidence of the initial composition can be eradicated. Through this misguided desire to seek perfection, the undesirable mess of accident, glitch, character and, god forbid, human error is wiped clean. 365 sets out to redress the balance!
 
By allowing the elements of simplicity, chance and accident to live and breathe, 365 takes on an appropriate punk ethic to achieve a punk sound! The decision to start 365 was the light of inspiration in an otherwise dark place, to create something positive from the black swamp of personal despair at the time of the death of a great friend and band mate, going through divorce, dealing with the serious illness of both parents among other traumas took Dermot to the edge… With a tongue in cheek lining to the lyrical reflection shaping songs which spreads into the music itself, Reverse Family is a beguiling adventure with a nod to the past and a grip on an imagination as fresh as it is, well quite simply a touch loco.

Aurora Orchestra with Cédric Tiberghien From Memory, In Memory

Content by Albion Media.

Sun 1 July – 7pm Hall One Kings Place

The only orchestra in the world to perform whole symphonies from memory, Aurora Orchestra brings this unique and thrilling artistic style to Kings Place for the first time.

Perhaps Mozart’s most iconic and recognisable work, the ‘Great G Minor Symphony’ unfolds with gripping drama. Performing without sheet music, Aurora invites you to experience this arresting piece through the rare and fresh lens of memorised performance.

Continuing the theme of memory and recall, Stravinsky’s neo-classical gem ‘Dumbarton Oaks’ pays homage to Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos, while Boulez’s haunting Mémoriale for flute and small ensemble fondly commemorates flautist Lawrence Beauregard, adapted from an earlier musical tribute to Stravinsky himself. Completing the programme, Cédric Tiberghien returns as soloist with the orchestra for Mozart’s dazzling Piano Concerto in C Major.

Of Aurora’s By Heart projects, Principal Conductor Nicholas Collon says: ‘Memorising deepens and enriches our relationship with the music and takes communication to a new level. Whilst it feels naked at first without a stand and music to hide behind, it intensifies the levels of trust between players. It also communicates in a new way with the audience: we are all – players and audience alike – unshackled from the physical and metaphorical confines of the printed notes.’

‘Marvellous… Playing from memory, Aurora created an organic sense of community, dynamism and inspiration.’ The New York Times

International Rescue Committee and Shakespeare's Globe release new short film for World Refugee Day starring Kim Cattrall, Lena Headey and Noma Dumezweni.

The International Rescue Committee and Shakespeare’s Globe are delighted to release a new short film to mark World Refugee Day. A unique performance of Shakespeare’s speech ‘The Strangers’ Case’ from The Book of Sir Thomas More, the film features refugees from Syria, Sierra Leone and South Sudan alongside renowned actors including Kim CattrallLena HeadeyNoma Dumezweni and Jamael Westman in an expression of unity with all those who have fled conflict overseas.

Filmed in the Globe’s iconic outdoor and indoor theatres, Sawsan Abou Zeinedin, Sana Kikhia, Rayan Azhari and Mohanad Hasb Alrsol Badr are joined by actors from stage and screen as they stand in solidarity with Shakespeare’s rallying cry for humanity, which is as relevant today as it was 400 years ago. The film will launch the Globe’s programming for Refugee Week (18th – 24th June) and will be screened across the site throughout the week.

The Book of Sir Thomas More was written and edited by a team of playwrights including Anthony Munday, Henry Chettle, Thomas Heywood, Thomas Dekker and William Shakespeare. Depicting More’s rise and fall, it includes a dramatization of the May Day riots of 1517, when citizens turned on their immigrant neighbours. Thomas More memorably confronts the rioters, condemning their ‘mountainish inhumanity’ and urging them to consider the ‘the strangers’ case’: the plight of London’s refugees. 

Michelle TerryArtistic Director at the Globe, said: “If Shakespeare is our greatest humanist writer, then it is our humanitarian duty to respond to his own clarion call. ‘The Strangers’ Case’ is Thomas More’s sadly still relevant plea to the rioting masses as they attack and reject the “wretched strangers, Their babies at their backs and their poor luggage, Plodding to the ports and coasts for transportation.” 

Where better than the embrace of our wooden O, or the warmth of our Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, in an organisation that was conceived of and created by Sam Wanamaker who himself sought refuge in this country after being blacklisted by his own, to tell these kind of stories. But ‘The Strangers’ Case’ isn’t a story; it’s a hostility which is real, ongoing, and which must be fought. I’m so pleased we’ve been able to partner with the IRC to bring to life Shakespeare’s appeal to our “mountainish inhumanity”, in a rallying cry for compassion and empathy which echoes from his century to ours.”

Sana, a refugee from Syria who appears in the film said: “I am presenting myself as a refugee to help remove the stigma. I want to let the world know that being a refugee is not a burden. Refugees are survivors and have overcome so many difficulties and war. We need to rethink the way we look at refugees. I am happy to be called a refugee and help the case.”

The International Rescue Committee responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises, helping to restore health, safety, education, economic wellbeing, and power to people devastated by conflict and disaster. Founded in 1933 at the call of Albert Einstein, the IRC is at work in over 40 countries and 28 offices across the U.S. helping people to survive, reclaim control of their future, and strengthen their communities.

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