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Current production: Britten-inspired 15th anniversary season

We're delighted to announce a Benjamin Britten-inspired 15th anniversary season!

Our inaugural production in 2002 was Britten’s Canticles at Westminster Abbey. We have now selected five new Composers in Residence to create original responses to these canticles to be performed at our Opera Hours across England in spring 2017.

Selected from more than 100 applicants, the five Composers in Residence are: Anna ApplebyLitha EfthymiouBushra El-TurkElla Jarman-Pinto and Alex Patterson. Supported by PRS for Music Foundation, each composer is collaborating with Streetwise Opera’s performers in one of our five regions to create a new 3-5 minute chorus. Click here to find out more about the Composers in Residence

In spring 2018, we will also present a world premiere in collaboration with Sage Gateshead, Royal Northern Sinfonia and Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums. The new work will feature Britten’s Cabaret Songs, with words by W.H. Auden, alongside other cabaret repertoire. It will be performed in Sage Gateshead’s Sage Two by our Newcastle and Gateshead performers and Royal Northern Sinfonia.

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Our Composers in Residence. L-R: Alex Patterson, Anna Appleby, Litha Efthymiou, Ella Jarman-Pinto, Bushra El-Turk

Our Composers in Residence. L-R: Alex Patterson, Anna Appleby, Litha Efthymiou, Ella Jarman-Pinto, Bushra El-Turk

Sage Gateshead. Photo: Mark Savage

Sage Gateshead. Photo: Mark Savage

Royal Northern Sinfonia. Photo: Mark Savage

Royal Northern Sinfonia. Photo: Mark Savage

Extracts from our performance at HOME on 11 April 2017.

Extracts from our performance at Middlesbrough Central Library on 9 March 2017.

Extracts from our performance at Nottingham Playhouse on 2 March 2017.

Extracts from our performance at the Gosforth Civic Theatre on 9 March 2017.

Streetwise Opera Manchester performs the world premiere of 'Kingdoms Come and Kingdoms Go', an opera chorus composed by our Manchester Composer in Residence, Anna Appleby. 

The new composition is inspired by Benjamin Britten’s Canticles, which was Streetwise Opera’s inaugural production in 2002. Anna was one of five Streetwise Opera Composers in Residence who composed a chorus inspired by Britten’s work with lyrics by our performers. The performance took place as part of our Manchester Opera Hour at HOME on 11 April 2017.

Streetwise Opera Middlesbrough performs the world premiere of 'The Flower Seed', an opera chorus composed by our Middlesbrough Composer in Residence, Bushra El-Turk.

The new composition is inspired by Benjamin Britten’s Canticles, which was Streetwise Opera’s inaugural production in 2002. Bushra was one of five Streetwise Opera Composers in Residence who composed a chorus inspired by Britten’s work with lyrics by our performers. The performance took place as part of our Middlesbrough Opera Hour at Middlesbrough Central Library on 16 March 2017.

Streetwise Opera Newcastle/Gateshead performs the world premiere of 'The Light', an opera chorus composed by our Newcastle/Gateshead Composer in Residence, Ella Jarman-Pinto.

The new composition is inspired by Benjamin Britten’s Canticles, Ella was one of five Streetwise Opera Composers in Residence who composed a chorus inspired by Britten’s work with lyrics by our performers. The performance took place as part of our Newcastle/Gateshead Opera Hour at the Gosforth Civic Theatre on 9 March 2017.

Streetwise Opera Nottingham performs the world premiere of 'The Door', an opera chorus composed by our Nottingham Composer in Residence, Alex Patterson.

The new composition is inspired by Benjamin Britten’s Canticles, which was Streetwise Opera’s inaugural production in 2002. Alex was one of five Streetwise Opera Composers in Residence who composed a chorus inspired by Britten’s work with lyrics by our performers. The performance took place as part of our Nottingham Opera Hour at the Nottingham Playhouse on 2 March 2017.

Meet Litha Efthymiou, Streetwise Opera Composer in Residence for London (2016-17). Litha is working with Streetwise Opera’s performers to create a new 3-5 minute chorus inspired by Britten's canticle,  ‘My beloved is mine’. Her new composition will be performed at a London Opera Hour in spring 2017.

Footage taken at a training day with Streetwise's composers, workshop leaders and London performers. Background music is of Streetwise performers singing The Pearl Fishers.

Meet Bushra El-Turk, Streetwise Opera Composer in Residence for Middlesbrough (2016-17). Bushra is working with Streetwise Opera’s performers to create a new 3-5 minute chorus inspired by Britten's canticle, ‘Abraham and Isaac’. Her new composition will be performed at a Middlsbrough Opera Hour in spring 2017.

Footage taken at a training day with Streetwise's composers, workshop leaders and London performers. Background music is of Streetwise performers singing Carmen.

Streetwise Opera's Nottingham Explore Group rehearses a new opera chorus composed by our Nottingham Composer in Residence, Alex Patterson. 

The new composition is inspired by Benjamin Britten’s Canticles, which was Streetwise Opera’s inaugural production in 2002. Alex is one of five Streetwise Opera Composers in Residence who are composing a chorus inspired by Britten’s work with lyrics by our performers.

The world premiere of the new chorus will be at the Nottingham Playhouse on 2 March 2017.

Meet Ella Jarman-Pinto, Streetwise Opera Composer in Residence for Newcastle/Gateshead (2016-17). Ella is working with Streetwise Opera’s performers to create a new 3-5 minute chorus inspired by Britten's canticle, ‘Journey of the Magi’. Her new composition will be performed at a Newcastle/Gateshead Opera Hour in spring 2017.

Footage taken at a training day with Streetwise's composers, workshop leaders and London performers. Background music is of Streetwise performers singing Die Walküre.

Streetwise Opera Composer in Residence Anna Appleby rehearsing her new opera chorus with our Manchester Explore Group.

The new composition is inspired by Benjamin Britten’s Canticles, which was Streetwise Opera’s inaugural production in 2002. Anna is one of five Streetwise Opera Composers in Residence who are composing a chorus inspired by Britten’s work with lyrics by our performers.

The world premiere of the new Manchester chorus will be at HOME on 11 April 2017. 

Meet Alex Patterson, Streetwise Opera Composer in Residence for Nottingham (2016-17). Alex is working with Streetwise Opera’s performers to create a new 3-5 minute chorus inspired by Britten's canticle, ‘The death of St. Narcissus’. His new composition will also be performed at a Nottingham Opera Hour in spring 2017.

Footage taken at a training day with Streetwise's composers, workshop leaders and London performers. Background music is of Streetwise performers singing Die Walküre.

Meet Anna Appleby, Streetwise Opera Composer in Residence for Manchester (2016-17). Anna is working with Streetwise Opera’s performers to create a new 3-5 minute chorus inspired by Britten's canticle, ‘Still falls the rain’. Her new composition will also be performed at a Manchester Opera Hour in spring 2017.

Footage taken at a training day with Streetwise's composers, workshop leaders and London performers. Background music is of Streetwise performers singing the opera Carmen.

Our Composers in Residence. L-R: Alex Patterson, Anna Appleby, Litha Efthymiou, Ella Jarman-Pinto, Bushra El-Turk

Our Composers in Residence. L-R: Alex Patterson, Anna Appleby, Litha Efthymiou, Ella Jarman-Pinto, Bushra El-Turk

Streetwise Opera’s 2016-18 season is supported by PRS for Music Foundation, Arts Council England, Macquarie Group Foundation and Big Lottery Fund.

Sage Gateshead is an international home for music and musical discovery located in the North East of England. Its local, national and international concert programme runs year round and incorporates all kinds of music. It is home to Royal Northern Sinfonia, Orchestra of Sage Gateshead, and the Folkworks programme as well as providing a much broader performance programme. Sage Gateshead offers an extensive Join In and Make Music programme that enables everyone of every age or ability to become involved in music. In addition to the work in Sage Gateshead itself, 70% of the work of the programme takes place outside of the venue and in the communities. 

Royal Northern Sinfonia, Orchestra of Sage Gateshead, the UK’s only full-time chamber orchestra, has built a distinctive reputation as a fresh-thinking and versatile orchestra. The orchestra was founded in 1958 by BBC musicologist and producer Michael Hall. The Queen bestowed the title of ‘Royal’ on Northern Sinfonia in 2013, recognising it as one of the UK’s finest orchestras – the first time any UK orchestra has been so honoured for over 20 years. Part of a vibrant programme of music at Sage Gateshead, Royal Northern Sinfonia regularly collaborates with artists from other art forms including Sting, Pet Shop Boys, Joanna Newsom, Efterklang, Spiritualized, Lau and Raul Malo.

Anna Appleby grew up in Newcastle upon Tyne. She read Music at Oxford and recently completed her MMus in Composition at RNCM. She has written for the Royal Northern Sinfonia, Manchester Camerata, the Cavaleri Quartet and the BBC Singers, among others. Her compositional interests include opera, dance, and music within community and educational settings.

Litha Efthymiou is a London-based composer. She has received awards from ACE, Wellcome Trust, PRS Women Make Music and National Lottery. Her work has been performed in venues including Queen Elizabeth Hall, Kings Place, RAH Elgar Room, The Sage Gateshead and Bristol St.George's. Her compositions are published by Edition HH.

Selected by the BBC as one of the world’s most inspiring 100 women, Bushra El-Turk’s music has been both performed and broadcast on radio and television globally. She has collaborated with the London Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Orchestras, London Sinfonietta, Royal Opera House (ROH2), the Latvian Radio Choir and the Atlas Ensemble (Holland) amongst others.

Composer, singer and teacher Ella Jarman-Pinto lives in Cumbria and studied at Guildhall School of Music. Ella performs her own compositions and arrangements of early music with her vocal group, Carvetti Trio.

Alex Patterson is a Northern Irish-born composer and conductor based in Nottingham. He is Director of Music for Nottingham Cathedral and works as a freelance conductor for numerous community-based choirs as well as composing for groups of all ages and abilities.

Our Composers in Residence. L-R: Alex Patterson, Anna Appleby, Litha Efthymiou, Ella Jarman-Pinto, Bushra El-Turk

Our Composers in Residence. L-R: Alex Patterson, Anna Appleby, Litha Efthymiou, Ella Jarman-Pinto, Bushra El-Turk

Our Composers in Residence. L-R: Alex Patterson, Anna Appleby, Litha Efthymiou, Ella Jarman-Pinto, Bushra El-Turk

Our Composers in Residence. L-R: Alex Patterson, Anna Appleby, Litha Efthymiou, Ella Jarman-Pinto, Bushra El-Turk

Sage Gateshead. Photo: Mark Savage

Sage Gateshead. Photo: Mark Savage

Royal Northern Sinfonia. Photo: Mark Savage

Royal Northern Sinfonia. Photo: Mark Savage