The Linden Tree

Streetwise Opera, Roderick Williams (baritone), Christopher Glynn (piano), Brodsky Quartet and Genesis Sixteen come together to reimagine the most loved piece in Franz Schubert’s song cycle Winterreise (Winter Journey). Find out more about this project produced during lockdown.

“There’s something lovely about knowing we’re all singing the same lines, at the same time; even though I’m having no contact with anyone at the moment, it makes me feel less alone. Also , it helps me to realise that you are all still there and still planning for projects we’ll do when this is over. So many arts venues and projects are being shelved, some small companies will be back to square one or out of business. I have to believe you’ll all still be thette. Streetwise is a really important part of my life.”
— Streetwise Opera performer


Streetwise Opera is an award-winning performing arts charity for people affected by homelessness. Ordinarily, we run a programme of regular creative workshops in homeless centres and arts venues in five regions across England.

We are also a critically-acclaimed opera company, and the people who take part in our workshops create and perform in extraordinary new productions working alongside exceptional professional artists.

During lockdown, we are running daily sessions via Facebook Live, YouTube and Zoom. They are open to anyone affected by homelessness who wishes to inspire and energise themselves through music. If you want to find out more, please join this group.

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“It’s given me a big lease of life, because when I started, I was in a real bad way, I shut myself away for about ten years, with depression. From that, to now, what Streetwise Opera has done for me… I’d be here all day explaining it, it’s really brought me out of my shell, given me a life, given me something to thrive for.”
— Streetwise Opera performer

News & blogs

Full length of male and female cyclists with bicycles talking on country road. Sporty friends are with bicycles amidst trees. They are in sportswear.
Streetwise Opera’s London to Cambridge Bike Ride
20 September 2020   —  
A tree laden with achievement and pride
28 July 2020
Our voices come together under the Linden Tree
21 July 2020

“At the time that I have nothing, I still have my artistry. I still have my creativity. I still have my talent. And if that’s going to get me from homelessness to where I need to be, then I’m going to hone that, and Streetwise Opera is the perfect place for that.”

— Streetwise Opera performer