Streetwise Opera

We are delighted to announce an upcoming collaborative project with Streetwise Opera, the award-winning charity that uses music and performance to empower people effected by homelessness.

Bridie has been commissioned to compose the Music for The River Keeper, the first of three 30 minute operas as part of the company’s mini opera season, with The Arbour also contributing to the arrangements and accompanying the opera live.

Writing and performing an opera seemed pretty daunting, but we’re finding it to be a really interesting challenge.

There will be two performances of The River Keeper in December: at Gateshead Old Town Hall on the 10th, and Middlesbrough Town Hall on the 16th. More details below, or at this link:

Here’s a look behind the scenes at a rehearsal!:

The River Keeper
A new opera by Bridie Jackson and Nell Leyshon

The River Keeper has lived on the bank of the river for 100 years, watching as people feed their hopes and dreams in to the temperamental waters. Cast out by the townspeople and kept captive by the river, she longs to be freed from her lonely life.

This poignant and darkly humorous tale is created from stories told by the Streetwise Performers to writer Nell Leyshon (author of The Colour of Milk and other novels), director Annie Rigby (of Unfolding Theatre) and composer Bridie Jackson (of Bridie Jackson and The Arbour).

Bridie’s atmospheric music weaves through a timeless story inspired by real life stories of hope. Her fabulous folk band will play the first half of the evening, setting the scene for The River Keeper.

The first of three 30-minute operas in Streetwise Opera Little Opera Season 2014-15, The River Keeper will leave you inspired, uplifted and maybe even a little more hopeful too.

Wednesday 10 December
Main Hall
Gateshead Old Town Hall
£10, £7
Click here to buy tickets online
Call 0191 443 4661 to purchase by phone
Drop in to the Sage Gateshead Box Office to buy tickets in person

Tuesday 16 December
The Crypt at Middlesbrough Town Hall
7.30pm (doors open at 7.00pm)
£10, £7
Click here to buy tickets online
Call 01642 729 729 to purchase by phone (booking fee applies)
Drop in to the Town Hall Box Office to buy tickets in person

Libretto – Nell Leyshon
Composer – Bridie Jackson
Director – Annie Rigby
Musical Director – Simon Fidler
Performers – Streetwise Opera North East and Bridie Jackson and The Arbour