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Newport Legends is a community opera project: 3 school groups and a community group are working with opera artists to write Legend operas.

by Rhian Hutchings in Newport, Wales, United Kingdom

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THE PROJECT

Newport Legends is a community opera project produced by Operasonic and working with young people and communities in Newport, South Wales.  Four groups are creating four different Legend operas:

Clytha Primary School Legend Makers - The Legend of Tom Prothero

St Michael's R C Primary School Legend Makers - The Legend of The Flood

Maindee Community Legend Makers - The Maindee Legends

St Woolos Primary School Legend Makers - The Legend of Twm Barlwm

The Legend Maker groups will perform their opera in their schools and community alongside professional singers and musician for friends, family and teachers to see. Here are some of the pupils from Clytha Primary working with composer Richard Barnard and director Hannah Noone.

Operasonic are planning to have one epic afternoon of opera at our local venue, The Riverfront Theatre, on Sunday 2nd July, where we bring all four Legend operas together on one stage. As part of this performance, we will also create a frame for the four operas to sit within, a story to guide us through the stories written by award winning composer Errollyn Wallen for our two professional opera singers.

Newport Legends - The Riverfront Theatre - 4.30pm Sunday 2nd July 2017

http://www.operasonic.co.uk/newport-legends/ 

WHY WE NEED YOUR HELP!

By donating to this project, you'll be helping Operasonic to do the following:

  • bring all the participants together to showcase and share their amazing work in a professional venue.
  • give our young participants the memorable experience of performing on a big stage in front of a live audience.
  • celebrate Newport and all the amazing stories, myths, legends and people who live there.
  • give all participants their own Newport Legends T-shirt to take away and keep so they never forget what they have achieved.
  • pay for an ensemble of 4 professional musicians to play for the performance - making it an extra-special experience!

We have already secured pledges of funding from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Ty Cerdd and Newport Live for the community and schools workshops, but we really need your help to support the final performance. You can be legendary too by donating to support Newport Legends!

About Newport Legends Creative Team

Composers: Helen Woods, Richard Barnard, Stacey Blythe, Jack White, Errollyn Wallen

Drama Leaders: Rhian Hutchings, Polly Graham, Hannah Noone, Philippa Reeves

Singers: Adam Jondelius, Philippa Reeves

Set and Costume Designer: Seren Fenoulhet             Animation Designer: Webber Design

Music Director: Helen Woods         Creative Director: Rhian Hutchings

About Operasonic

Operasonic is an opera company based in Newport, South Wales and led by Creative Director Rhian Hutchings. Operasonic is passionate about opera as an artform that connects people to creativity. We create a range of opportunities for young people to explore, create and experience opera, and we put participation at the heart of every process we undertake.

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£10 or more

£10 Reward

The warm glow of helping the Newport Legends participants and performers to make it to The Riverfront Theatre for their final performance on Sunday 2nd July 2017.

£15 or more

£15 Reward

One ticket for the Newport Legends Performance at 4.30pm on Sunday 2nd July 2017. Join Operasonic and all our Legend Makers for an epic afternoon of opera at The Riverfront Theatre in Newport!

£25 or more

£25 Reward

Receive an exclusive Newport Legends poster deisgned by the team at Webber Design and signed by the creative team!

£50 or more

£50 Reward

Sponsor a Legend: THE MAINDEE LEGEND Performed by Legend Makers from the Maindee community. Its the people that make a place, and there are plenty of legendary people from Maindee. Meet some of them in this community opera tale, from the elderly pacifist to the young poet. You get: An exclusive thank you card from the Maindee Legend creative team, your name in the programme, and a signed poster.

£50 or more

£50 Reward

Sponsor a Legend: THE LEGEND OF THE FLOOD Performed by Legend Makers from St Michael's Primary School and singer Adam Jondelius. In 1607, a woman climbs up Goldcliffe church tower as the water floods the land. She is searching for her husband, who is fishing at sea. Will he ever return to her? You get: An exclusive thank you card from the Legend of the Flood creative team, your name in the programme, and a signed poster.

£50 or more

£50 Reward

Sponsor a Legend: THE LEGEND OF TOM PROTHERO Performed by Legend Makers from Clytha Primary School and singer Adam Jondelius. The tale of the rise of Thomas Prothero and his feud with John Frost and the Chartists in Newport. This legend opera is a political drama and has real modern day resonance! You get: An exclusive thank you card from the Legend of Tom Prothero creative team, your name in the programme, and a signed poster.

£50 or more

£50 Reward

Sponsor a Legend: THE LEGENDS OF TWM BARLWM Performed by Legend Makers from St Woolos Primary School and singer Philippa Reeves. Tales of fairy music and missing children, of Sunday chapel picnics on the Tump, of strange sounds made by the wind. A mythical musical legend to delight. You get: An exclusive thank you card from the Legends of Twm Barlwm creative team, your name in the programme, and a signed poster.

£100 or more

£100 Reward

2 tickets for the final performance on 2nd July + an exclusive invite to our VIP reception where you can meet the cast and creative team + a signed poster.

£250 or more

£250 Reward

4 tickets for the final performance on 2nd July + an exclusive invite to our VIP reception where you can meet the cast and creative team + a signed poster.


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