Sing your heart out at Streetwise Opera’s 12-hour Singathon. Whether you sing in a choir, a band, as a soloist or just in the shower, this event is for you!
We are calling on singers of all ages and all levels to together take on the challenge of creating 12 hours of non-stop music at Shoreditch Town Hall’s magnificent Assembly Hall. We need 20 people to take part at any given time to make sure the Hall is filled with music from morning until evening.
Singers will be able to choose from a varied programme of sessions led by highly-skilled musicians and facilitators. In the last hour, we will host the Singathon finale, a chance for all singers and everyone who has generously supported their challenges to come together for a mass singalong.
The Streetwise Opera Singathon is the perfect way to immerse yourself in the world of music, whilst raising money for a great cause. The proceeds of the Singathon will support our pioneering work for people affected by homelessness in London, Manchester, Newcastle Gateshead, Nottingham and Teesside. By taking part in the SIngathon, you will help fund our year-round programme of weekly workshops, which offer a dependable source of creativity and positivity in lives where everything else can be changing.
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Here’s a first glimpse of the Singathon programme. Follow us on social media to see who else will be joining us.
With Mark Oldfield
From Brussels to Singapore and Tel Aviv, Mark’s international career as a baritone has seen him work with celebrated composers and directors. Closer to home, he has graced the stage at the Barbican, Queen Elizabeth Hall in London and the Queen’s Hall in Edinburgh. He is also a highly experienced vocal coach, teacher and Streetwise Opera’s very own Creative Director of Workshops.
Starting off the day, he will be bringing musical zen to the Singathon with a session teaching us how to find harmony between the mind and body through singing.
With Daniela Rosselson De Armas
Daniela has been a musician on the Latin scene for over 30 years, performing as a lead vocalist in salsa bands, and she is an experienced teacher. Her choir, the London Lucumi Choir, were finalists on BBC Radio 3 Choir of the Year’s competition and have opened for artists such as Eliades Ochoa of the Bueno Vista Social Club.
At the Singathon, Daniela will immerse us in Cuban music, teaching Afro-Cuban spiritual songs in the Lucumi dialect, and rumba and Cuban son (the roots of salsa) in Spanish.
From Handel to Puccini
With The Opera Dudes
The Opera Dudes are comprised of ex-builder turned operatic tenor Neil Allen and former Cambridge scholar and cathedral chorister Tim Lole, who have found success in theatres and concert halls around the UK. They are also Streetwise Opera’s workshop leaders in Nottingham.
The Opera Dudes will bring their unique approach to a two-hour session covering opera and classical music: join in and expect romance, drama and, in true Opera Dudes style, the unexpected!
With Byron Gold
Byron’s experience performing alongside BRIT Award Winner Lemar and RnB legend Keith Sweat; and appearing on ITV’s X-Factor, BBC2’s ‘The Naked Choir’ with his community choir Stratford East Singers and SKY One’s ‘SING: Ultimate A Cappella’ has made him a pop music aficionado and a cappella expert.
Byron will lead the Singathon singers in a fun, fast paced, judgement free and accessible workshop of big harmonies and uplifting sound, covering everyone’s favourite hits.
South African A Cappella
With Byron Gold
The fantastic Byron Gold will be back for a second session – teaching us the enchanting sounds of South African a cappella music.
The Great American Songbook
Paul L Martin has been working in the world of variety entertainment for 29 years both nationally and internationally as a singer, actor, mentor, teacher, promoter, producer, drag artist and Queen of Cabaret. In 2018, Paulus burst onto our screens as a judge on BBC One’s ‘All Together Now’.
Paulus will take us through Broadway and Hollywood’s Golden Era in an uproarious rendition of some of the 20th century best-known and most-loved American classics.
West End Wendies
We can’t let Paulus go before he brings us his ‘West End Wendies’. Paulus will lead the Singathon’s final hour: a rousing singalong of West End show tunes, including music from Wicked, Les Miserables and Hamilton.