Silver Birch auditions - join our company

2013 community opera, Road Rage.

Over the past few months Garsington Opera's Learning & Participation team has been running recruitment workshops for adults and young people to join the company for this summer's People's Opera, Silver Birch. This is an incredible opportunity to work alongside top opera professionals and perform on Garsington Opera's main stage on the stunning Wormsley Estate near Stokenchurch. 

Our Community Company for Silver Birch is still growing. See below for new opportunities to take part for instrumentalists, child soloists, the military community and male singers and dancers. 

Calling out for Child Soloists

We have an extraordinary opportunity for up to four young singers to play the key roles of Chloe (stage age nine) and Leo (stage age eleven, treble voice) and to be their understudies in the opera. We are looking for some exceptional singers with special stage presence who would be available for rehearsal after school on Tuesdays from April.

An open audition will be held in High Wycombe on Thursday 9 March from 4-6pm. Recalls will be held on Tuesday 21 March from 4-6pm. You will need to be available for both of these dates to take part. 

Download the information and registration form

Youth Company - Male Singers and Dancers

We are still looking for young male singers (age 14-22) with broken voices and male dancers with street, parkour or hip-hop dance experience to join our youth company for Silver Birch.

A workshop audition for this group will be held on Thursday 9 March from 7.00-9.00pm in High Wycombe. To sign up email Julian Guidera

Dancers - download the flyer
Singers - download the flyer

Download the information and registration form

Adult Company - the Military Community

We are excited to be recruiting up to ten more adults from the Armed Forces Community to join our company. A workshop audition will be held on Tuesday 21 March from 7-9.30pm at Lane End Primary School near High Wycombe. For more information on how to take part please contact Gemma Holsgrove

Download the flyer

Our 40-strong adult company for Silver Birch was selected by workshop audition in December 2016. Rehearsals will begin on Tuesday evenings from April 2017 in Lane End Primary School near High Wycombe. 

Download the adult company schedule


Calling Student Instrumentalists

As a partner of Buckinghamshire Music Education Hub working with BLTM we are inviting up to 20 young instrumentalists (up to age 22) of grade 7 or 8 plus (or equivalent) to join the professionals of Garsington Opera Orchestra in our pit for Silver Birch. This is a one-off opportunity to perform in a professional opera. We are particularly looking for string players.
Download the full information and email Fay Hayhurst

Primary Company

We have now completed our auditions selecting 50 children from six local primary schools and have been incredibly impressed with the standard of all those auditioning. Congratulations to all the pupils and schools involved. We are hoping to welcome everyone who auditioned to attend the show in July. 

Download the Primary Company Schedule

For any more information please contact our Learning & Participation Co-ordinator, Julian Guidera

Roxanna Panufnik's newly-commissioned opera Silver Birch is a beautiful, original story bringing modern-day themes and issues of war and family to the forefront, with echoes of the past through the poet Siegfried Sassoon, a regular visitor to Garsington Manor during WWI. Silver Birch is a production for all the family (aged 8+) about courage, aspiration and aiming high.