THREE: I will share...music
Updated: Nov 17, 2019
For our third 'SoundUp with Opera North' workshop we looked at the story of The Greek Passion by Martinu.
Today we had our third ‘SoundUp with Opera North’ workshop, drawing inspiration from the opera The Greek Passion in a participatory music and art workshop with musicians from the Royal Northern College of Music.
Again, we brought the workshops out to two community venues in Manchester. We first travelled to Belong Morris Feinmann in Didsbury for our morning session and then to Limelight in Old Trafford for the afternoon.
Our reach this week
*5 community volunteers
*4 care staff
Positive challenges of The Greek Passion
This week we were looking at Martinu's opera The Greek Passion composed between 1954 and 1957. The opera is about the community in a small Greek village, who are preparing to perform a Passion play. As the villagers are casting the play a group of refugees comes to the village. The opera is about the moral dilemma faced by the community. Some want to help the displaced group, whilst others see them as a threat and want them exiled.
This is a rarer opera, one that is quite unfamiliar to the participants we have been working with. The RNCM singers were unfamiliar with the repertoire from the opera, so they performed music from other Passions, along side folk songs and songs in English which related to the musical 'mix-matched' style adopted by Martinu in the piece. We also used this idea of a musical mash-up to inspire a movement and listening activity, which was very dynamic and a lot of fun.
Many of the participants we were working with were Jewish, so rather than focusing on the specific religious content of the opera, we instead focused on the themes the opera presents- and used the story of the opera to inspire our own reflections on what we value most, and what we would share with others in our community if we could.
The 'sharing community' artwork made by the participants at Limelight