- Composer and Librettist: Kerry Andrew
- Director: Hazel Gould
- Musical Director: Isabelle Adams
- Designer: Ruth Paton
Woodwose was Wigmore Hall Learning’s most ambitious project to date.
140 diverse members of the Westminster community aged from 8 to over 80 performed alongside internationally renowned tenor Andrew Kennedy and Wigmore Hall Learning’s resident ensemble Ignite.
Woodwose was a pioneering project in many ways…
- It was the first Community Chamber Opera in Westminster
- It turned the Wigmore Hall into a working Woman’s Institute, complete with jam stall
- It was the first time most of the participants had performed on stage in a professional venue
- It was the first of Wigmore Hall Learning’s 3-year programme of Community Chamber Projects working with the Westminster Community
- It was the first time a performance at Wigmore Hall had featured moving trees and snow falling from the ceiling
- It was the first time a Wigmore Hall Learning project has been featured on Radio 3’s In Tune
- It was the first time tenor Andrew Kennedy had played a Wildman
- It was the first time a bicycle had been ridden inside the auditorium!