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Uncertain JourneysNov 2017
New Glyndebourne Youth Opera commission by Lewis Murphy and Laura Attridge explores the theme of child migration


Glyndebourne Youth Opera has been providing local young people with annual performance opportunities and opera workshops since 1997.  To celebrate their twentieth anniversary, the company continues its tradition of supporting young composers and librettists.  Belongings explores child migration through two contrasting settings: the arrival of evacuees at Lewes station in WWII and the humanitarian crisis within the Calais refugee camp.  It is the work of Lewis Murphy, Glyndebourne’s current Young Composer in Residence who is in the last year of his three-year attachment and librettist Laura Attridge, a young writer who is founder and Artistic Director of the company And So Forth.

Accompanied by their teacher, a group of evacuees board the train from London to escape the Blitz, anticipating an exciting adventure in the countryside.  Their optimism fades as they begin to pine for home, and one group decides to run away.  Meanwhile, in the present day, a group of refugee children are rebuilding their recently demolished shelters.  They try to remain positive while contemplating the dangerous final stage of their journeys.

The piece will be sung in English by a cast of around 60 members of Glyndebourne Youth Opera aged between 9 and 19 performing alongside three professional singers and a small professional orchestra.

Belongings by Lewis Murphy and Laura Attridge premiers at Glyndebourne on November 10 where it will have two performances.