Streetwise Opera and The Sixteen's The Passion

by streetwiseopera in Manchester

We did it
On 18th December 2015 we successfully raised £7,942 with 125 supporters in 28 days

Support Streetwise Opera and The Sixteen's The Passion, a landmark Manchester production starring performers with experience of homelessness

by streetwiseopera in Manchester

New stretch target

If we exceed our target the funds will support additional production costs, including a livestream of the performance, enabling us to reach a much wider audience. 


Who we are and what we want to do

Streetwise Opera is an award-winning charity that runs music programmes and puts on operas with people who have experienced homelessness. The Sixteen is a world-renowned choir and period instrument ensemble. In association with HOME, we are collaborating to produce The Passion, an opera world premiere for Easter weekend 2016.

The Passion is a fully-staged, abridged version of Bach’s iconic oratorio St Matthew Passion, culminating in a brand new ‘resurrection’ finale written by acclaimed composer Sir James MacMillan with libretto by Streetwise Opera performers. Directed by the award-winning Penny Woolcock, this site-specific production will be performed on 25 and 26 March 2016 in the impressive Victorian iron and glass surroundings of Manchester’s Campfield Market.

The cast will be made up of performers who have experienced homelessness from Streetwise Opera Manchester, alongside professional singers and instrumentalists from The Sixteen. It promises to be an extraordinary event. 

What we need

We've raised most of the money we need to make this amazing show happen, but we need your help for the final push. To pay for costumes, props and production costs, we need to raise £7,500. Every penny and pound we raise towards this target will make a difference to the experience our performers and audience have. 

If we raise above our target, the extra funds will contribute to costs for the final two-week intensive rehearsal period.

This production will help to promote more positive public attitudes towards homeless people and show our performers that whatever life throws at them, they can achieve great things. We’ve found in our previous productions that a professional show experience like this can be transformational, giving people the confidence and skills they need to make positive and lasting changes in their lives.

What you get

In return for your support, you won’t just get a warm glow – you’ll get some fabulous perks! Social media shout-outs, CDs and DVDs from both companies, tickets to the show, invitations to rehearsals – you can really get involved with The Passion. Alternatively, if you just want to support the project without getting tickets or goodies, that would be awesome too - and we'll be able to claim Gift Aid on your donation. Just select the 'Donation with Gift Aid' option on pledges of £25 and above. 

Contributing to this campaign will give you the chance to get involved in (and possibly see behind the scenes of) a unique site-specific production featuring some incredible artists. You’ll also be helping to give our talented performers who have experienced homelessness an amazing opportunity – to star in a professional production with one of the best choirs in the world.

Other ways you can help

Please share this campaign far and wide with all your email contacts, via social media and by good old face-to-face talking to people! For this campaign to succeed, we need all our friends and supporters, old and new, to help us by spreading the word and encouraging people to contribute generously to the campaign.

 

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£5 or more

£5 Reward

A warm glow and a big thank you!

£12 or more

£12 Reward

Public recognition! A thank you on Twitter, and your name on the Streetwise Opera website.

£25 or more

£25 Reward

Donation with Gift Aid - a big thank you, your name on our website and a shout-out on Twitter!

£25 or more

32 of 50 claimed

£25 Reward

Streetwise Opera and The Sixteen in your living room! All of the above, plus a DVD of a previous Streetwise Opera production and The Sixteen's Christmas CD from their award-winning record label, Coro.

£50 or more

£50 Reward

Donation with Gift Aid - your name in The Passion programme, the Streetwise Opera website and a shout-out on Twitter

£50 or more

21 of 25 claimed

£50 Reward

Your name in print! All of the above, plus a thank you in The Passion programme, and a selection of Streetwise Opera and The Sixteen CDs and DVDs.

£100 or more

£100 Reward

Donation with Gift Aid - your name in The Passion programme, the Streetwise Opera website and a shout-out on Twitter

£100 or more

9 of 20 claimed

£100 Reward

A ticket to the show! All of the above, plus a ticket to a performance of The Passion at Campfield Market, Manchester, on Friday 25 or Saturday 26 March

£250 or more

£250 Reward

Donation with Gift Aid - an invitation to rehearsals, your name in The Passion programme and on the Streetwise Opera website, and a shout-out on Twitter

£250 or more

2 of 5 claimed

£250 Reward

Get behind the scenes! All of above, plus an invitation to a rehearsal of The Passion, and a guest ticket to the show.

£500 or more

£500 Reward

Donation with Gift Aid - an invitation to rehearsals, plus get your name in The Passion programme and on the Streetwise Opera website, and a shout-out on Twitter

£500 or more

2 of 5 claimed

£500 Reward

Meet the cast! All of the above, plus the chance to attend rehearsals and get an invitation to the post-performance celebration with the cast.

£1,000 or more

£1,000 Reward

Become a project hero - with Gift Aid! For this contribution, you'll be credited as a major supporter of the project and get access to as many workshops and rehearsals you can make.

£1,000 or more

0 of 5 claimed

£1,000 Reward

Become a project hero! For this contribution, you'll get all of the above rewards, be credited as a major supporter of the project, get access to as many workshops and rehearsals you can make and an additional pair of tickets to the show, plus lots of goodies from Streetwise Opera and The Sixteen.


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