La Boheme Open-Air Tour 2021

This summer saw Outreach Opera perform one of the most famous and unforgettable operas of all time. Acting as the perfect introduction to opera, La Boheme follows a group of struggling friends, as they encounter the many highs and lows life that has to offer.

Rodolfo, a penniless poet and hopeless romantic, opens the door one fateful night, to an apologetic Mimi, who is looking for a light for her candle, and the pair instantly fall in love. But, with the cruel reality of life and all it has to offer lurking just around the corner, their journey is a hard one.

A tale of friendship, warmth, love and heartbreak, this opera certainly packs a punch.

These events took place in open-air settings across Lancashire and Greater Manchester, with an extended interval during which time audiences were invited to bring along a picnic to relax and enjoy the beautiful surroundings on the lawn.

Sponsorship

Local Businesses

Outreach Opera’s summer 2021 tour would not be possible without the fantastic sponsorship from the wonderful businesses in our local area.

Singer Sponsorship

Pledging to a singer helps us to support their journey with our company. A massive thanks to those who have been able to donate towards La Boheme 2021.

Benoir / Alcindoro – William Kyle

Kindly sponsored by Margaret Bradley

Musetta – Georgina Rosanna Murray

Kindly sponsored by Pauline Robinson and Julie Murray

La Boheme Cast

Kindly Sponsored by Trevor Jones
Mimi – Helen Latham

Kindly sponsored by Jane Dawson

Sponsor An Artist

If you would like to support this production of La Boheme by sponsoring one of the artists involved, please make a pledge via our PayPal link.

https://paypal.me/OutreachOpera?locale.x=en_GB

Please state which artist you would like to sponsor when you make your donation.

Your name will appear in our online programme as a supporter of that artist.

Rodolfo – Dominic J. Walsh

Rodolfo – Phillip Clieve (Sept 3rd 2021)

Mimi – Helen Latham

Marcello – John Ieuan Jones

Musetta – Georgina Rosanna Murray

Schaunard – Louis Hurst

Colline – Eugene Dillon-Hooper

Benoit/Alcindoro – William Kyle

Musical Director – Helen Harrison

Pianist – Nick Howe

Last Night At The Proms July 2020

Outreach Opera thoroughly enjoyed their first open-air concert back, after six months of silence due to Covid 19 restrictions.

Hoghton Tower welcomed them back for a concert of opera highlights, songs from the musicals and some of the usual Last Night At The Proms anthems. Joined by conductor Helen Harrison on piano and Tenor John Wood, Outreach Opera sang to a sold out audience, who enjoyed picnics on the lawn of the beautiful Wilderness Garden.

Opera at Home – Singing Together

Why not join our online opera workshops, to learn some of the tricks of the trade, whilst singing sumptuous music. The Zoom workshops, which will take place over the course of a weekend, are designed to take you on a musical journey full of vocal exploration, and all the drama that comes with singing opera! The grand finale will see all participants coming together, alongside our professional opera singers, in a virtual video performance of the chosen piece.

All abilities of singers are welcome to join the workshops, no experience is necessary. You will be sent music and vocal recordings prior to the workshop and we will always be on hand to help you with any additional needs you may have.

The fee for the weekend workshops and virtual video performance is £20.00. There are no hidden extras. All sheet music and vocal recordings are included and a copy of the final performance will be sent to you to keep.

Each workshop will be tailored to your voice type, so Altos will meet with Altos, Basses will meet with Basses, and so on. The Zoom link for the meeting will be sent to you in advance via email. You will then need to click on the link at the scheduled meeting time, and off you go! NB Please make sure you have downloaded the Zoom app to your chosen device, prior to the meeting.

A recording of each workshop will be available, to enable you to recap the workshop in your own time. Here’s the extra fun part…once the series of workshops are complete, you’ll send us a video of your chorus performance, to add to our virtual opera chorus video of the chosen piece.

To sign up, please fill in the form below, stating voice type, and click the PayPal link to make payment. Alternatively, you can email us at info@outreachopera.co.uk will any additional questions or methods of payment.

PRICE: £20.00

VENUE: Your own dwelling

DATE: TBC

TIMES:

Sopranos 10.30am – 11.30am

Altos 12.00pm – 13.00pm

Tenors 13.30pm – 14.30pm

Bass 15.00pm – 16.00pm

    For payments please click the PayPal link below.

    https://paypal.me/OutreachOpera?locale.x=en_GB


    Jordan Harding-Pointon: Baritone

    A baritone studying at the Royal Northern College Zoe Music under Matthew Best, Jordan’s stage roles include Herald in Vaughan Williams’ The Pilgrim’s Progress (RNCM). Silvio (Pagliacci)l, Dr Falke, (Die Fledermaus) Baron Zeta (The Merry Widow) and The Prisoner in Louis Ashton Butler’s The Ephemeral Legend., as well as Townsperson in Buxton Festival Opera’s recent production of The Orphans of Koombu. In concert, Jordan’s repertoire includes Rossini’s Petite Messe Sollenelle, Haydn’s Missa in Angustils and Missa in tempore belli, Mozart’s Vesperare solennes, Vaughan Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem and Scarlatti’s Stabat Mater. His affinity for interpreting English language song has led to concert performances of Butterworth’s Six Songs from A Shropshire Lad and Copland’s Old American Songs; amongst a diverse repertoire that spans English and Italian art song, Lieder and the great American songbook

    John Wood: Tenor

    John originally trained in Musical Theatre at The University of Chichester, but later began to study opera at the London College of Music under renowned British Baritone William Robert Allenby. He recently performed the roles of Edmondo & the Dancing Master in Puccinis Manon Lescaut at Opera Holland Park. Other roles include Arturo (Lucia Di Lammermoor), IL Conte Di Lerma (Don Carlo) at Fulham Opera, The Queen of Hearts (Alice’s Adventure’s in Wonderland) OHP. The Dancing Master (Das Spitzentuch Der Konigin) Straus II long lost operetta which enjoyed a residency at Wilton’s Music Hall.

    John made his Royal Albert Hall debut in 2018 with BBC radio 3’s Opera and the Silver & the Silver Screen, hosted by Petroc Trelawny. John is also a Solo cabaret cruise ship headliner for PIHA International Entertainment. Future engagements include Ajax & Achillies in Le Belle Helene for New Sussex opera and future cruises with P&O.

    Brindle St James’ Church July 2018

    Thank you to St James’ Church in Brindle for marvellously hosting Outreach Opera’s summer 2018 concert. It was wonderful to see such a turn out, in spite of the thunder and rain, which created a dramatic backdrop for the evening.

    Local choir, Hoghton In Harmony joined Outreach for the concert, filling the church with their glorious sounds.

    The concert marked the end of Outreach Opera’s 2017/18 season and what a fantastic year it has been.

    Georgina Rosanna Murray and Helen Latham – Sopranos

    Helen Anne Gregory – Mezzo Soprano

    Jonathan Ellis – Piano

    To keep up to date with forthcoming events, please email info@outreachopera.co.uk

    Love, Lies and Tonic 2019

    Outreach Opera returned to Hoghton Tower this summer for another journey through life, love, happiness and tragedy.
     
    A great introduction to opera, Love, Lies and Tonic presents drama in bite sized chunks. Set amidst the hustle and bustle of small village life, Love, Lies and Tonic joins the locals down at the pub, offering a chance to witness clandestine conversations in dark corners, revealing the intricacy of community life. 
     
    Audience members enjoyed picnics on the lawn, surrounded by the rolling hills of Lancashire, during the extended interval.
     
    Outreach Opera enjoys bringing opera to unusual venues and so they used Hoghton Tower’s Great Barn for this particular production. As the home of  Hoghton Tower’s Farmer’s Market on a Sunday, the Great Barn is less accustomed to musical events, but it’s beautifully rustic nature provided the perfect setting for Love, Lies and Tonic.