16 April 2024

Budding singers invited to ‘Opera in a Day’ workshops

A new project working with community groups and choirs to create an Opera in a Day is holding two open workshops in Withernsea.

They are part of a series led by experts in voice, movement-making and circus across the East Riding, Hull and North East Lincolnshire.

The sessions in Withernsea will lead on to a day of workshops in Hull on Sunday, September 3, culminating in a pop-up version of Tim Brooks’ adaptation of the medieval morality play Everyman at Hull’s Stage@TheDock as part of the Freedom Festival.

The two workshops, led by Tim Brooks and Em Whitfield Brooks, will be held at Withernsea Methodist Church Hall in Hull Road from 7pm to 9pm on Thursday, July 13, and Thursday, July 27. Both will feature Withernsea Ladies’ Choir and Hornsea Choir. All are welcome to join in or just come along and watch.

Em, choral leader and director, and Tim Brooks, composer and managing director, have been creating large-scale performances with communities for more than 20 years.

Em is well-known to followers and singers of Hull Freedom Chorus, having led their performances at Freedom Festival since 2011. She said: “Everyone’s welcome to join in with the Everyman Project.

“We’ve been working with some incredible groups throughout June, and there are still plenty of opportunities to get involved; you can dip your toe in the water with some of our open workshops across July and August, or just come to our day session on Sunday, September 3, in Hull before a sharing celebration of everything we’ve achieved together.

“The project’s for everyone, no previous experience necessary, and most of all, it’s all about having fun! Huge thanks to our wonderful funders Arts Council England, and our partners Back to Ours, Hull City Council Arts Development, NE Lincs Arts Development and East Riding Arts Development for their support.”

For more information, follow The Everyman Project on Facebook, or join the private Facebook group to chat with other members.