As part of this year's Spirit of Manchester Festival hosted by Manchester Community Central, we invite you to come and join us for a day of art, creativity and fun on 26th September.
We will be showcasing the excellent work produced by people who use the Booth Centre. You will be able to see some fabulous art work, video productions and some live performances from our opera group.
Refreshments will be provided so please come along, have a look at our new premises and see what we have been up to.
RSVP to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: Friday 26th September
Venue: The Booth Centre, Edward Holt House, Pimblett Street, Manchester M3 1FU
Swap the rush hour for an hour of musical entertainment from Streetwise Opera’s Manchester performers; let our songs inspire you for the rest of the week!
Watch uplifting performances from people who’ve been empowered by singing and acting together in weekly workshops at the Booth Centre and the Methodist Central Hall. There’s a taste of Verdi’s Macbeth, the world premiere of a very special new song by Stef Connor (Streetwise Opera's Composer in Residence) and other musical treats in store.
We hope you will join us for this short, informal evening in the lovely refurbished Library – our groups are all about having fun and trying new things and that’s what this evening is about too!
'Everyone was talking about the passion and power of the performance afterwards'
‘It really improved my confidence, singing in front of a group’
Tickets: Free, but space is limited to 50 people so reserve your seat now (includes a free soft drink)
6-7pm (doors open at 5:30pm)
Manchester Central Library, St Peters Square, City Centre, M2 5PD
Click here to reserve your space online.
Or call Streetwise Opera on 0207 730 9551 or email email@example.com
The Answer to Everything is an interactive film and live opera event set in a conference.
At first smarmy compere Steve Hedges keeps the delegates united and corporate confidence appears sky high, but as music gradually engulfs the business rhetoric his world begins to fall apart. Do they really have ‘the answer to everything’?
Moving between stage and screen, the audience is invited to take part as conference delegates in this cheeky, satirical look at big business.
Skilfully mixing performances from Streetwise Opera’s homeless and ex-homeless performers with a handful of professionals including renowned soprano Elizabeth Watts, this rich and characterful 70-minute experience features new commissions by Gavin Bryars, Orlando Gough, Emily Hall, Anna Meredith and Duncan Ward with existing music by Britten, Handel, Gounod, Schumann and Vivaldi.
This is a live performance with optional audience participation; come dressed in your finest business-wear, collect your lanyard and conference pack from the Welcome Desk and get ready to ‘break out’.
Monday 10th February 2014, 18:00-19:30
70 Oxford Street
Manchester M1 5NH
£3 Live Wire Members
Buy tickets - On sale from the Cornerhouse box office.
Tomorrow the Booth Centre's Streetwise Opera singing group will be travelling to London to perform at the British Film Institute on the South Bank in the premiere of The Answer to Everything. This is the culmination of two years of devising, recording, filming and rehearsing.
To coincide with the premiere, celebrated soprano (and Patron of Streetwise Opera) Elizabeth Watts, Duncan Ward and The Sacconi Quartet have generously allowed Streetwise Opera to release their recording of 'Lascia Ch'io Pianga' from Handel's Rinaldo as a single to raise funds. The track appears in a section of The Answer to Everything and also features Streetwise Opera singers from Manchester and Nottingham singing a chorus part devised by Duncan Ward. This is Streetwise Opera's first commercial release.
You can download the track for just £0.79 - all proceeds will go to help fund Streetwise's work at the Booth
Centre and around the country.
If you can't get to London to see the performance then we hope you'll download the single and listen to this unique track, which will give you just a flavour of the unique opportunity the Booth Centre gives homeless people to take part in professional opera singing with all the benefits of increased confidence, and self esteem that it brings.
A Night at the Opera
10th May, 2013, 7pm
Streetwise Opera's Manchester leaders present a glittering spring-themed evening of opera arias and show tunes. All funds raised will go towards Streetwise's workshop programme at the Booth Centre, Manchester.
There will be a raffle, tea, coffee and a cake sale in the interval.
St James and Emmanuel Church, 6 Barlow Moor Road, Didsbury, Manchester M20 6TR
Tickets: £7.00 adults / £5.00 concessions
Available to buy on the door or online at https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/boxoffice/select/HXjQiakBmzoD
More information here http://www.streetwiseopera.org/night-opera
All proceeds go to Streetwise Opera's work in Manchester at the Booth Centre.
Why not get into the Christmas spirit and help support our work with a fun-filled evening of music with fantastic local opera singers (and Streetwise Opera Workshop leaders) Elise Dye, Gavin Bailey and David Owen-Lewis. Let them entertain you with classic opera and musical numbers and join in with a festive singalong with Streetwise performers from the Booth Centre.
When: 17th December, 19:30 - 21:30
Where: St. James and Emmanuel Church, 6 Barlow Moor Road, Didsbury, Manchester.
Tickets are £8.00 for adults and £6.00 for concessions. You can buy them from the Streetwise Opera website or on the door.
We will also be screening the films from our latest production, Fables - A Film Opera: ‘Stories of survival, rebellion, greed and love come to life in a remarkable marriage of film and music’ (Independent on Sunday - 4 stars)
Details of the event are as follows:
Venue: The Manchester Museum, Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9PL
Date & Time: 30th March 2011, 19:00 - 21:00. Doors open at 18:30.
If you'd like to let us know you're coming along, or want to see more details about the event, check out the facebook event page.
For homeless people, finding food and place to stay for the night is their daily priority. Survival is taken one day at a time, making it difficult to plan ahead and improve their circumstances.
Erica Mulkey, who performs as Unwoman, believes that "whether in my home of San Francisco or in Manchester, everyone deserves a chance to get back on their feet and make a better life.”
American recording artist TyLean experienced first hand how difficult re-establishing yourself in society can be when you are homeless. In 2009, TyLean found herself homeless after a sudden relation break-up. She spent six weeks in and out of various hostels, and at her lowest point, spent the night sleeping under a lorry in 4°C weather.
“The truth of the matter was, I had friends I could call and people in my life who would have helped me if I had just reached out to them. I was too embarrassed to share my situation with anyone, and in too much emotional distress to sort myself out,” said the recording artist known for her honest lyrical style. “My homeless situation was brief, comparatively tolerable, and to a degree, self-inflicted, but it was enough to understand that the homeless become so because of reasons that go far beyond the need of a job.”
On the 12th of February, TyLean and Unwoman will be performing at Unpretention, a monthly charity event held in The Function Room of Sevenoaks on Nicholas Street in Manchester. The doors open at 9:00 PM, admission is £4, and all proceeds go to The Booth Centre to aid in the fight against homelessness. Visit www.unpretention.info or the Facebook event page for more information.
About the Artists
TyLean stands alone on stage with nothing but her voice and her piano, playing songs that are melodic and pretty, while her voice draws attention to the cruelty humans are capable of and a need for mass self-reflection. She has released 3 albums and toured the US, Canada, the UK and Europe. www.tylean.com
San Francisco's Unwoman, also known as Erica Mulkey, creates darkly beautiful music, a powerful collage of vocals, cello, and electronics. She has released 4 albums and has toured with many bands. This is her debut tour in the United Kingdom. www.unwoman.com