Meet our new Composers in Residence

We’re delighted to announce our five new Composers in Residence who have been selected from more than 100 applicants to work with our performers around the country. 

Supported by PRS for Music Foundation, each composer will work in one of our five regions to create an original response to Britten’s Canticles. The new choruses will be performed at informal regional Opera Hours in spring 2017.

Find out more about the composers below:

Anna Appleby – working in Manchester on a chorus inspired by ‘Still falls the rain’
‘I am hugely inspired by Streetwise Opera’s ethos. The Composer in Residence opportunity combines my love of opera with my desire to amplify the unheard creative and political voices in our society. The idea of collaborating with performers who have experienced homelessness excites and intrigues me – I hope to be challenged, to learn from their experience and ideas, and to develop artistically. I’m looking forward to working closely with Streetwise’s performers to devise a powerful chorus.’

Litha Efthymiou – working in London on a chorus inspired by ‘My beloved is mine’
‘Having followed Streetwise Opera over the last few years – keeping an eye on its rave reviews and watching YouTube clips of its fantastic work – and wishing I could be involved, I am thrilled to be appointed as London Composer in Residence. By bringing their diverse experiences, full commitment and intoxicating energy to each new project, the Streetwise performers are able to unleash the full potential of composers and other artistic partners working with them, fostering an exciting exchange that infuses Streetwise’s work with a gripping, distinctive edge. I very much look forward to being an active member of this unique artistic experience.’

Bushra El-Turk – working in Middlesbrough on a chorus inspired by ‘Abraham and Isaac’
‘Collaborating with Streetwise Opera has always been a dream of mine, as I am aware of the great opportunities it provides to make a difference to people who have experienced homelessness. I am excited about working with Streetwise and providing a unique support system, both creatively and pastorally, to help its performers to feel an increase in self-confidence and inclusion. I also feel that the progressive nature of their process will give me a platform to experiment substantially, and will allow me to develop in ways that go beyond music to expand the avenues through which I connect with my audience.’

Ella Jarman-Pinto – working in Newcastle/Gateshead on a chorus inspired by ‘Journey of the Magi’
‘I find Streetwise Opera really inspiring, as it provides everyone who comes through its doors with the right to experience, enjoy and influence music. For me, writing an opera chorus is something I have always wanted to do and it’s made doubly interesting by the fact that it involves writing for community voices. I’m really excited to meet the groups and get started.’

Alex Patterson – working in Nottingham on a chorus inspired by ‘The death of St. Narcissus’
‘I’m thrilled to be a part of Streetwise Opera’s Composer in Residence programme. I’ve been an admirer of the work the organisation has been doing for many years and was interested in applying to gain new workshop skills as a composer. I’m looking forward to working with the group in Nottingham to create a new piece based on their ideas and experience.’


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