After discussion with Opera North and in line with current Government advice, we have made the heart-breaking decision to cancel all further rehearsals and May 2020 performances of “Song of Our Heartland”
We would like to thank everyone who has taken part in this amazing project so far – everyone’s contribution has been important and valued: the creative team of Will Todd, Caroline Clegg, Tony Walsh and Emma Jenkins, the Opera North team of Marie Claire Breen, Martin Pickard, Katie Smith, Jo Bedford, Jacqui Coats, Sian Gilroy and Madeleine Boyd, the team at Locomotion, and last but definitely not least our wonderful community participants who have been the backbone and heart of this project.
We all wholeheartedly agree with Will’s comment: “far and away the best community piece I’ve had the good fortune to work on” and these few slightly paraphrased lines from the finale sum up it up beautifully:
We are the choir that will not die;
Now there’s a reason to rejoice,
We carried the day and found our voice.
We’re being optimistic so this is au revoir, not adieu…