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Past Events

21 October, 2020

Artists Session: Chiara Vinci – I Hate Music!

7 pm Wednesday 21st October
FREE

Classical soprano Chiara Vinci takes you on a journey through some colourful soprano repertoire. From curious child, in Bernstein’s cycle of five kids songs, to petulant and repulsive bride in Jonathan Dove’s The Enchanted Pig, and pioneering feminist in Poulenc’s Les Mamelles de Tirésias.

Chiara will also be singing a snippet of Barefoot Opera’s Bloom Britannia fresh off the page by composer Orlando Gough.

Barefoot Opera is partnering with Isolation Station to produce our Artists Sessions. The event will be streamed live on two Facebook pages:

Photo of Chiara by Lidia Crisafulli for Over The Pond Productions

17 October, 2020

Bloom Britannia Workshop

Saturday, October 17th 
10 am – 12 pm

We are able to move ahead – with COVID care – to the most cherished workshop/rehearsal on our list.  We can invite 20 singers to St John the Evangelist Brittany Rd, Saint Leonards-on-sea TN38 0RD to workshop/rehearse a NEW chorus from the now completed score of Bloom Britannia.  

Barefoot Opera is partnering with Isolation Station to produce our Music Sessions. The event will be streamed live on our Facebook page:

Places are now full.
We plan to work on a first come first serve basis for each voice group.
Please register your interest via email to tell us your voice type.
Email: info@barefootopera.com

7 October, 2020

Artists Session: Frank Moon – Old, new, & spontaneous music for the Oud

8pm Wednesday 7th October
FREE

Multi-instrumentalist and composer Frank Moon weaves Arabic melodies, original compositions, and improvisations on the oud (Arabic lute). With musical references to the Middle East, Bulgaria, medieval Spain, blues and Saharan funk, new pieces, and ancient melodies are springboards for improvisation.

Barefoot Opera is partnering with Isolation Station to produce our Artists Sessions. The event will be streamed live on two Facebook pages:

27 September, 2020

Workshop: One-Stop Rhythm Shop, Laurence Panter

4 pm Sunday, 27th September
FREE

Feel the pulse with this interactive rhythmic workshop, where you can anchor your body’s beat and explore some more challenging patterns!

Laurence Panter is a singer/pianist/composer with an interest in education and performance. He was involved in 2019’s Bloom Britannia as both a singer and coach and has fingers firmly crossed for more to come.

Please register & you will receive the zoom link on the day of the event.
Tickets available until 24 hrs before the event.

19 September, 2020

Artists Session Live: Theatre Nation – Tree in Bloom

4 pm Saturday 19th September 
FREE
St Leonards

Hasting’s own Theatre Nation is run by Patrick Kealey. His company and Bloom Britannia are linked by the wonderfully versatile Patrick, who appears in our production as Apple Jonny, the down and out who crops up all over the place during the opera.

Before the madness happened, his Company was due to start a tour of Samuel Becket’s masterpiece, “Waiting For Godot”. Theatre Nation had commissioned the well-loved local sculptor, Leigh Dyer, to forge the iconic tree for the set of the play.  It is a thing of beauty. And it’s not been seen by anyone!

A short, COVID secure, socially distanced performance, featuring a small choir of Bloomers, a tree, and… a special guest. 

Tickets must be reserved in groups of no more than 6.
There will be a maximum audience of 30.


18 September, 2020 - 31 October, 2020

Virtual Cafe: Bloom Sharing

Every Friday 11am
FREE

Let’s stay in touch!
Come along every Friday to chat, share stories, poetry, and photos. Every week a new theme!

Please register & you will receive the zoom link on the day of the event.
Tickets available until 24 hrs before the event.

16 September, 2020

Artists Session: Ruby Colley – On Foot On Strings

8 pm Wednesday 16th September
FREE

A sound walk of East Sussex that’s guided by strings… the thread that weaves different parts of hastings together. Weaving in field recordings made during walks in lockdown, Ruby improvises folk-inspired melodies with electronics.

Barefoot Opera is partnering with Isolation Station to produce our Artists Sessions. The event will be streamed live on two Facebook pages:

14 September, 2020 - 26 October, 2020

Workshop: Breathe, Move, Sing

Arts on Prescription 

Every Monday 10 am

This is an open “Sing for pleasure and health” class that is run in partnership with Arts on Prescription and Jenny Miller.

Nb: There is no session on 28th Sept as Jenny is away.

Register via: info@artsonprescription.org

You can also find all their events on Facebook: Arts on Prescription

9 September, 2020

Artists Session Live: Jivin’ Miss Daisy

7 pm Wednesday 9th September
FREE

Simon Thorpe’s swing band Jivin’ Miss Daisy regularly appears at Ronnie Scott’s Club and is well known on the UK jazz scene.  

Simon and singer Liz Fletcher will perform songs by the greats, including Duke Ellington and Irving Berlin. Expect a variety of music and a special guest!

The performance will also be streamed live on two Facebook pages:
Barefoot Opera
Isolation Station Hastings

  • The concert is ‘pay what you can by donation’
  • Bring your picnic blanket/chairs
  • There will be no facilities available
  • Parking on the road

Barefoot Opera are offering another outdoor picnic music event; with great care and attention to social distancing and track and tracing.  We are going to limit numbers to 45 as an extra precautionary measure. 

19 August, 2020

Crazy Kids Cabaret: Bev Lee Harling

10am Wednesday 19th August
FREE

A Family-Friendly 30-minute show.
It’s August – it’s CRAZY!

Bev and her family create music using random household objects.  Join in with your own pots and pans and whatever hitty, shaky things you can find lying around for this fun, chaotic musical extravaganza.

Bev is a composer, performer, singer-songwriter and educator who revels in mixing up genres and everyday sounds into one big musical soup for the soul.

The performance will be streamed live on:
Isolation Station Hastings Facebook page

11 August, 2020

Artists Session Live: Gavin & Naomi – Violin/Cello Duo

SOLD OUT

7 pm Tuesday 11th August
FREE

Outstanding soloists Gavin Kibble and Naomi Burrell will play a selection of solos and duets live in a St Leonards garden.

Gavin Kibble played ‘cello in Barefoot Opera’s ‘Bloom Britannia’ extract last May.  He and his partner violinist Naomi Burrell perform regularly with ensembles including the English Concert, Academy of Ancient Music, and Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and were both poised to start a long tour with English Touring Opera when lockdown struck.

Repertoire: Bach, Cassado, Corelli, and other tuneful surprises…

  • The concert is ‘pay what you can by donation’
  • Bring your picnic blanket/chairs
  • There will be no facilities available
  • Parking on the road

After the success of our pop-up live recording with Chiara Vinci and Tom Clarkson, Barefoot Opera are offering another outdoor picnic music event; with great care and attention to social distancing and track and tracing.  We are going to limit numbers to 40 as an extra precautionary measure. 

5 August, 2020

Crazy Kids Cabaret: 5th Aug

10 am Wednesday 5th August 
FREE

A Family-Friendly 30-minute show!
It’s August – it’s CRAZY!

Lobsterliciously – Spreading the Lobster Love with LEKIDDO – Lord of The Lobsters!
Pop music that brings uplifting joyous fun with The V&A’s Glastonbury Festivals People’s Playlist favourite, No.1 artist, LEKIDDO – Lord of The Lobsters! 

Join LEKIDDO – Lord of The Lobsters! in this fun half-hour with joyous uplifting pop moves and catchy tunes. “Show Me Your Claws” Beautiful PinchyPinchykisskiss Peoples and we’ll have a Lobsterliciously happening half-hour together Spreading the Lobster Love.

The event will be streamed live on our Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/barefootopera 

26 July, 2020

Workshop: Let’s Make a Song! Lucy Mulgan

SOLD OUT
4 pm Sunday, July 26th 
FREE

As we are now allowed to meet outside – this event will be live and in person! (not via zoom)

For all ages, Lucy will lead this workshop incorporating improvisation and story-telling. Together we will create a new piece of music involving singing, body, and voice “percussion”. Come along with a big voice and a lot of energy! 

A regular with Barefoot Opera, Lucy Mulgan is a composer, bass player, and educator who works in many different styles – from opera to jazz and pop. 

Please register & you will receive details of this event which will be outside in St Leonards-on-Sea.
Tickets available until 24 hrs before the event.

22 July, 2020

Artists Session: Tom & Chiara – Songs for the Isolated

8pm Wednesday 22nd July
FREE

Join Tom and Chiara for a living room session of folk songs, vocal harmonies, and stories.

Multi-instrumentalist Tom Clarkson and soprano Chiara Vinci (aka Stage Left Project) share a personal selection of songs that have kept their spirits up during the Lockdown. Enjoy songs from Kurt Weill to Crosby Stills and Nash with midweek wine or summer sobriety. 

The link to watch live is here
https://www.facebook.com/barefootopera/videos/209684953714326/

Barefoot Opera is partnering with Isolation Station to produce our Artists Sessions 

17 July, 2020

Music Quiz: Play that funky music for a while!

6.30pm Friday 17 July 
FREE

Back by popular demand, Multi-instrumentalist Tom Clarkson and soprano Chiara Vinci (aka Stage Left Project) present a Hastings-based music quiz with live music performances throughout. You don’t have to know everything, but if you do then you’ll probably win.

Prizes include pride, glory, and satisfaction. 

Please register & you will receive the zoom link on the day of the event.
Tickets available until 24 hrs before the event.

8 July, 2020

Artists Session: Alice Privett – Opera in my Pjs

8pm Wednesday 8th July 
FREE

As the rules relax, why shouldn’t you? Enjoy a mixture of classic opera favourites, Schubert Lieder and Folksong- all from the comfort of your own home. Don your PJs, get comfy, pour a glass of wine: treat yourself!

Soprano Alice Privett studied at the Guildhall and the Royal Academy and has since worked as a soloist with Holland Park, Opera, Garsington Opera, and Longborough Festival Opera. She particularly loves opportunities to perform contemporary music. 

The event will be streamed live here:
https://www.facebook.com/barefootopera/videos/2679874132288064/

Barefoot Opera is partnering with Isolation Station to produce our Artists Sessions.

 

1 July, 2020 - 30 September, 2020

Bulletin: Bloom This Summer

1st & 15th of each month
Posted on Barefoot Opera’s YouTube Channel.

Bloom’s twice-monthly video newsletter with Caf Fean & Lucy Mulgan sharing all things Bloom.

We want to hear from you!
Send us clips of you singing or reciting a poem or colourful photos of your lockdown garden… or anything Bloom related!

Email us! bloom@barefootopera.com

As well as clips and photos from you we will feature guest spots from our core team and community partners. Keep up to date with all the news, music and a lot of flowers! 

28 June, 2020

Workshop: Bloom by Zoom

Sunday 28th June
4 – 5 pm
FREE

We are kicking off our on-line Bloom activities with a Bloom by Zoom Workshop!

Jenny Miller, accompanied by Alice Privett, will first give you an energized fun blast of Barefoot Opera’s ‘Breath Movement and Sound’ and then lead you through two of the big numbers from Act One of Bloom Britannia.  A great chance to try out for yourself what the music is like, or a great chance to re-connect with participants from last year.  Jenny will ensure that you can follow as a first-timer. 

We will have a Makaton signer to make the session as accessible as possible.

Music:  Spirelighter and Ayde Jano are downloadable as either text only or music. Please visit the bloom download page below.

Please register & you will receive the zoom link on the day of the event.
Tickets available until 24 hrs before the event.

1 March, 2020 - 31 March, 2020

Red! A Children’s Opera

In 2018 Jenny commissioned Barefoot Opera’s Lucy Mulgan to compose a children’s opera; Red!

Jenny and Lucy decided she should adapt Little Red Riding Hood for today’s generation.

25 January, 2020

Burns Night

Saturday 25th January 2020
From 8 pm (Doors Open 7:30 pm)

The Music Room
6 The Uplands Maze Hill TN380HL

Book early to avoid disappointment!

Our annual Burns Night Barefoot fundraiser is by now an established tradition…

3 November, 2019

Chamber Music Recital

Sunday 3rd November @ 6 pm

Barefoot Opera welcomed the Chenovsky Piano Trio for a fundraising autumn recital. Come along for a very special programme.

26 September, 2019 - 27 October, 2019

The Barber of Seville

Barefoot Opera brought their inventive, exuberant ensemble style to Rossini’s comic masterpiece, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, (The Barber of Seville).

8 September, 2018 - 12 October, 2018

Carmen

Seville came to England with the story of Carmen and her tragic end at the hand of Don José.

Photo credit: Chris Parker

11 November, 2017

L’Incoronazione Di Poppea

Monteverdi’s dramatic tale of treachery and love was updated on a stage dominated by a giant bed, with a set design by Peter Fillingham.

8 September, 2017 - 14 October, 2017

La Bohème

Barefoot’s youthful singers brought fresh poignancy to this dramatic portrayal of Bohèmian Paris.

24 September, 2016

Clash!

For the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings, Barefoot Opera staged a performance of specially commissioned pieces sung by local choirs.

5 September, 2015

L’Elisir D’Amore

Soprano Sophie Pullen sang her heart out as Adina in Barefoot’s staging of Donizetti’s masterpiece.