New choral theatre production for Liverpool Cathedral

A new choral theatre production has been announced for Spring in Liverpool Cathedral, with an opportunity for community singers to get involved.

Through the Wilderness is taking place at Liverpool Cathedral on May 16 & 17, and is looking for local community choirs to get involved.

The focus of the new piece of choral theatre is spirituality.

It’s not aligned with any particular faith or religion and uses extracts from classic texts, pop culture and advertising, bringing together a sacred choir, a choir of vulnerable adults and a community choir.

Co-creators John Browne and Jen Heyes met whilst working with a group of vulnerable adults for Opera North and St George’s Crypt in Leeds.

Liverpool-based director and producer Jen Heyes’s work includes Tony Teardrop, staged at the bombed-out church in Liverpool, and The Man Who Made the Beatles at London’s West End.

Irish-born composer John Browne recently wrote the music for The Suppliant Women – which premiered in Switzerland, before gaining 5-star reviews at Royal Lyceum Edinburgh and Manchester Royal Exchange.

Jen Hayes commented:  “We want to hear from community singers who would love to be part of this important live show and perform in the magnificent Liverpool Cathedral. This is going to be a very memorable experience for everyone involved in it as well as those coming along to watch: anyone interested in joining us should email for more details of how to get involved”

John Browne says: “We warmly welcome anyone who can hold a note to join us for a short intensive rehearsal period in early May. This is an extraordinary opportunity to sing rich affecting music in the glorious acoustic of the cathedral.”

Through the Wilderness is a pilot. Tickets are free but places are limited and must be reserved in advance by registering on Event Brite. Admission is by ticket only.

Through the Wilderness is in Association with Liverpool Cathedral Youth Choir, Tom Harrison House, Genie in the Gutter, Liverpool Iranian community, The Brink, Blue Room Dance.


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