Streetwise Opera's 'After Winter'

by Emily Hurrell in Middlesbrough, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 3rd March 2020 we successfully raised £13,383 ( + est. £2878.00 Gift Aid ) with 247 supporters in 28 days

Change lives with a new opera starring people affected by homelessness, Roddy Williams, Chris Glynn, Genesis Sixteen & Brodsky Quartet.

by Emily Hurrell in Middlesbrough, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

Extra funding will go towards the weekly rehearsal costs between March and June, before the intensive rehearsal period. 

‘At the time that I have nothing, I still have my artistry. I still have my creativity. I still have my talent. And if that’s going to get me from homelessness to where I need to be, then I’m going to hone that.’Streetwise Opera performer

Help Streetwise Opera create a brand-new production that will support people affected by homelessness in Teesside. After Winter is a powerful story of hope inspired by Schubert's Winter Journey, with original words and music by Errollyn Wallen. 

This show will platform the skills of our performers in a professional arena, showing that whatever life throws at them, they can achieve great things. 

We need your help to raise £12,500, which will support the costs of providing catering during the intensive rehearsal period and costumes for our performers. Our stretch target will contribute to the workshops between March and June, where the performers will be busy learning all the music, ready for opening night! 

After Winter will be Streetwise Opera's twelfth major production since 2002, this time featuring our Teesside performers (people affected by homelessness including asylum seekers and refugees), baritone Roderick Williams, pianist Christopher Glynn, Brodsky Quartet, Genesis Sixteen and the Ryedale Festival Community Chorus.

This new production will premiere in July 2020 at Middlesbrough Town Hall and will be a highlight of the 2020 Ryedale Festival at the Milton Rooms, Malton.

The cast is being led by a stellar team, made up of John Fulljames, Artistic Director of the Royal Danish Opera; Hannah Conway, Artistic Director of Streetwise Opera; Freya Wynn-Jones and Anna Robinson.

Streetwise Opera is an award-winning opera company and arts charity for people affected by homelessness. We run free weekly singing and creative workshops across England and stage critically-acclaimed operas, with the aim to improve wellbeing and increase social inclusion. 

Throughout the year, our workshop programme offers a dependable source of creative activity in lives where everything else can be changing.

In Teesside, Streetwise Opera delivers free weekly singing and creative workshops at Middlesbrough Town Hall and Methodist Asylum Project MAP Middlesbrough in partnership with Depaul UK.


This project offers rewards in return for your donation

£500 or more

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Sponsor a song! You're basically in the production

Sponsor a song and have a credit/dedication in the song list, credit on our supporters' page in the programme/on the website *and* a signed print of the score/comic strip of your song, as well as two tickets. What a special prize! Do it for yourself or someone you love and give the gift of music. Want to sponsor a particular song? Call Emily Hurrell - 020 7730 9551 - to see if it's still available before you commit. It's first come, first served!

£5 or more

Enjoy that warm fuzzy feeling

Can you feel that warm glow, which only presents itself when you've given to charity? Our eternal thanks for your support!

£10 or more

A shout out on Twitter!

We'll shout your name and your support loud and proud on Twitter - don't forget to let us know your @username if you'd like a tag.

£25 or more

Your own piece of the production

In return for your gift, we'll send you a beautifully printed professional production photo - you'll have to wait until after the show for this one, but then you'll have a keepsake to remind you of what your gift made possible.

£50 or more

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After Winter, the poster

Hang the limited edition poster (A3) in your living room / study / toilet! Is merch your bag? We'll throw in a Streetwise Opera tote bag, too!

£50 or more

£50, but please shower me with thanks, not gifts

For those of you who'd like to donate £50 but the warm glow and a heartfelt thank you is all you want in return.

£100 or more

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Your ticket to Teesside!

Come and see the show! In return for your gift, we'll give you a ticket to the show, credit your support on the website *and* we'll send you a limited edition print from our wonderful friends at Teesside Uni, who are creating a graphic novel of After Winter as a learning aid for the performers!

£100 or more

£100, but minus the fuss

Can't make it to Teesside or Ryedale but want to give a gift with impact? We'll credit your support on the website and in the programme, but we won't send you a print or offer you a complimentary ticket to the show. Our gratitude will be everlasting.

£250 or more

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Bring a friend!

Bag yourself two tickets to the show, credit on the website and in the programme, and a copy of After Winter, immortalised in graphic novel form.

£250 or more

£250 - no strings attached!

We'll credit you in the programme and on the website but this gift is unconditional - don't expect anything else in return!

£750 or more

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Party with the team

Get ready for this one: Your support will be credited online and in the programme, you'll receive a copy of the After Winter graphic novel, a signed limited edition poster and a Streetwise Opera tote bag, as well as a pair of tickets to the show and an invitation to the opening night party - the whole shebang.

£750 or more

Here's £750 - and my donation is my reward

You do the giving, we'll do all of the receiving. There's a whole (metaphorical) bucket'o'thanks coming your way!

£1,000 or more

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Support our Partnership and reap *all* the rewards

Deep breath. Thanks to our production partners, you'll get a pair of tickets to: After Winter, a Ryedale Festival concert (10 or 12 July), The Sixteen's Choral Pilgrimage (national tour) and a Brodsky Quartet concert at Kings Place, London. What a year of culture! We'll even throw in a surprise goody bag and credit you as a major donor in the programme/online. Tickets are subject to availability. Call Emily Hurrell on 020 7330 9551 for more info.

£1,000 or more

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Roll out the red carpet

For a series of behind-the-scenes events! You'll receive an invitation to a pre-production event with the Director (in London on 11 June) and the opening night reception with the creative team, a pair of tickets to the show, credit as a major donor and a surprise goody bag.

£1,000 or more

A super-philan-altruistic-generous-donation: £1000

Our eternal thanks for your super-philan-altruistic-generous-donation (that's thank you Mary Poppins style, sing it out loud! We may even write you a song ...). This is a purely philanthropic gift, with the power to have a transformational impact on someone's life.

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