“Anyone anywhere can find a way out of the darkness”

I had the privilege of sitting down with David Tapper, Trustee of Streetwise Opera and Senior Substance Misuse Practitioner at The Wellbeing Hub in Nottingham. He told me a bit about the brilliant work the Hub does and why he’s proud to be part of it. RW: Tell us a little bit about the Wellbeing […]

Cathy Graham to leave Streetwise Opera

Cathy Graham OBE is stepping down after ten years as Chair of the Board of Trustees at Streetwise Opera. During Cathy’s time as Chair, Streetwise Opera has delivered hundreds of workshops in person and online, supporting hundreds of people who’ve experienced homelessness. Cathy has guided the organisation – its dedicated and talented staff and its […]

The Deer Rising is a celebration of perseverance

In Autumn 2020, we announced that we would be creating our first-ever digital mini-opera, The Deer: A Story in 8 Chapters. Participants in our online sessions worked with director Emma Bernard, vocal leader Aga Serugo-Lugo and eight composers to co-create powerful lyrics, melodies and harmonies, centred around the story of a deer that is hit […]

Review: Trouble in Tahiti – Opera North

By Louise Brook Streetwise Opera performer in Manchester There was my mothering a swirling polka-dotted yellow, black & white skirt with a vivid yellow matching blouse, carrying the wicker picnic basket down the steps to Porthcurno Beach in Cornwall. We’d run on ahead, that is my four-year old sister and me, aged seven. Dad carrying […]

Streetwise Opera appoints Martin Constantine as Artistic Director

Streetwise Opera is delighted to announce the appointment of Martin Constantine as the company’s Artistic Director. Martin, who will join the organisation in January 2022, will lead the artistic team to create and deliver an ambitious and inclusive programme co-created with people recovering from homelessness. Martin is an award-winning theatre and opera director, who has […]

Ruben: A first look at why we sing

“This is the one moment in the week when I feel truly human again”. I will never forget that response, from a participant in Streetwise Opera workshops in London, when asked why – amidst the uncertainty of homelessness – singing was so important to her. It is a question that we often get from people […]

Impact Report 2020-2021: The year we rediscovered creativity

How do you come together as a group to sing on Zoom? As we – and probably every other vocal group – discovered after a series of hilariously frustrating attempts in the first months of the pandemic, you just don’t! The instant more than one person sings, all sense of melody, rhythm and harmony are […]

Streetwise Opera appoints Rachael Williams as CEO

Rachael Williams has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of Streetwise Opera and will take up the post in January 2022. Rachael, the current Executive Director and Joint CEO at Park Theatre in north London, will succeed Lucy Perman MBE, who took on the role of Interim CEO in September 2021. Rachael has built a brilliant […]

Lucy Perman will be the Interim CEO of Streetwise Opera

We are pleased to announce that Lucy Perman MBE has agreed to step in as Interim CEO of Streetwise Opera from September 2021, while the company recruits a permanent Chief Executive Officer. Lucy gained the admiration and respect of the arts and social justice sectors, and beyond, during her 21-year tenure as CEO of Clean […]

Hannah Conway to leave Streetwise Opera

As we continue to develop an exciting and ambitious artistic programme, we have reached a point where we need to engage a full-time Artistic Director. Hannah Conway, who has been working part-time since February 2019 to develop a phenomenal programme for Streetwise Opera, is sadly unavailable to work full-time. Therefore, she will leave the company […]