Unseen (working title) will respond to, and build upon, the themes of the Unseen project that Streetwise Opera delivered online through lockdown.
This project explored, and introduced Streetwise Opera participants to, a range of composers of African and Caribbean heritage, including Samuel Coleridge Taylor, Joseph Bologne (Chevalier de Saint-Georges), George Bridgetower and Margaret Bonds.
This new project will draw inspiration from, and respond to, the music of those composers of African and Caribbean heritage that inspired the original project.
The project will centre around the commission of a librettist and three composers to co-create new music, alongside Streetwise Opera performers, culminating in a new three-act opera. We envisage each act being stand-alone, approximately 15 mins in length and created in one of the three cities in which Streetwise Opera work: London, Nottingham and Manchester. Our aim would be to unite all three acts for a performance Summer 2024.
We are seeking to collaborate with global majority composers.
Streetwise Opera will be commissioning 3 composers for this project. We are looking for:
Streetwise Opera is unable to pay for travel expenses to attend workshops, rehearsals or performances. We therefore ask applicants to consider this when selecting the city they are applying to work within.
The selected composers will be working in a range of settings, including our arts partners and our homelessness partners (including hostels, day centres and refuges).
Through the project, you will be developing the beginnings of the opera in co-creation with the Streetwise Opera performers, for a minimum of 3 sessions; these 6 sessions will take place in June and October 2023.
We can cover the cost of access requirements for disabled artists. Please get in touch to discuss any access requirements.
Each composer will receive a project fee of £3,500 which breaks down as follows:
|Composer fee (writing, notating, recording)||£3,000.00|
|4 sessions of delivery (including planning and meetings)||£500.00|
Streetwise Opera is unable to pay for local travel expenses to attend workshops, rehearsals or performances.
|April 2023||Deadline for applications: Friday 7th April, 5pm|
|June 2023||Workshops to create music for each act of the opera with Streetwise Opera participants in each city.|
|October – November 2023||Further workshops to create music for each act of the opera with Streetwise Opera participants in each city.|
|March 2024||Preview performances of each act in London, Nottingham and Manchester.|
|June 2024||Final performances.|
Applications for this role are now closed.
We will hold interviews (either in person or on Zoom) on the following dates:
Composer fee (writing, notating, recording) of £3,000.00 plus £500.00 for four sessions of delivery (including planning and meetings), for a total fee of £3,500.00.