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Create an Opera in 5 Days

NewsJo LeighHampshire
Create an Opera in 5 Days

The Grange Festival is looking for 80 young people (aged 12-18) to take part in an extraordinary summer project – Time Capsule from from 27th to 31st August

Alongside four dynamic professionals – a director, music director, choreographer and designer, together with 2 professional singers - you will debate, mind map & develop Time Capsule ideas, creating words, music and dance routines, then rehearse and perform a contemporary opera from scratch.

You will be split into 3 groups – drama/music, dance and design. This will be a fast moving, exhilarating project. You don’t need any experience, just lots of energy, dedication and willingness to throw yourself into the project.

These will be 5 days you won’t forget in a hurry!


Karen Gillingham (Director) is an experienced and talented leader of large scale youth and community group projects at Royal Opera House, London Symphony Orchestra, ENO and Garsington Opera;

Dominic Harlan (Music Director) has devised and led workshops with Glyndebourne, Opera North and at the Cheltenham Festival.

Ruth Paton (Designer) has worked on large scale educational and community projects with ROH, ENO, ETO and British Museum. Natasha Khamjani (Choreographer) uses a variety of dance styles from Lindy Hop to contemporary in large community groups

including the Opening ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics.


You will embark on a journey into the unknown as a passenger in Elon Musk/Space-X’s Dragon transporter.

First, you will create a time capsule to leave on Mars and need to choose 5 things that mark the best of man’s greatest achievements on earth, things that you could not do without. What things would you take?

Second, you will have an opportunity to pass close to a black hole discovered last year by Stephen Hawking. As you pass, you can throw into the black hole 5 things you hate about the world, without which the world would be a better place. What things would you select to be permanently destroyed?

For more details on how to get involved please email:

Watch this short documentary Beautiful World, a previous project led by the same team