Five minutes with... The Royal Opera House's Matt Lane
PUBLISHED: 10:14 07 July 2014
Holly Eells talks to Matt Lane, Head of Royal Opera House Thurrock and Thames Gateway, about The Royal Opera House Thurrock Community Chorus taking on one of the music world's best-loved pieces, Verdi's Requiem at High House Production Park this month
What is your involvement with the ROH Thurrock Community Chorus?
My involvement with the community chorus goes back quite a few years. One of the very large projects we pulled together in 2010 was to launch our new buildings on site at High House Production Park with a big community opera, Ludd and Isis. They enjoyed the experience so much they had the desire to carry on performing with us. In 2011 we decided to set up a special singing group which has become the ROH Community Chorus and we have grown into a strong group with more than 140 members now.
Can anyone join the ROH Thurrock Community Chorus?
We have a waiting list at the moment because it’s so popular, but our attitude towards the chorus has always been very inclusive and when we do have the opportunity to welcome new members, there are no restrictions in terms of singing ability or experience. We have quite an age range, from young members through to those in their 80s and beyond.
What is special about this event?
It is a unique and challenging piece of music, which ordinary folk from Thurrock have been learning. The whole event is going to be done to such a high standard with two semi professional orchestras coming together from France to accompany the singers, world-class international soloists and a whole series of treasured responses in and out of the venue.
What are you looking forward to most?
The audience reaction and seeing people experience something hugely unique.
The ROH Thurrock Community Chorus will be appearing at The High House Production Park in Purfleet on July 3 to 4. For more details visit www.roh.org.uk or call on 0207 3044000.