Midland Opera presents Bizet’s Carmen at Stirchley Baths!

I’ve had an email from Midland Opera, a local opera group with members living in all parts of Birmingham but several living locally in Selly Oak, Selly Park and Bournville.

On the 24th and 25th November, for the first time, they will be performing Bizet’s Carmen at the Stirchley Baths Community Hub, which we all know is a  fantastic space. The company will be singing in English, with a small orchestra, Bournville Youth Singers, and professional soloists presenting the world’s favourite opera on 24th and 25th November at the Baths.

There have been so may versions of this story of love, jealousy and revenge but be prepared for Midland Opera’s take on the character of Carmen.  Is she the seductress or is she the abused woman?  Come and find out, enjoy the sumptuous singing by our professional soloists, and also be entertained by members of Bournville Youth Chorus.

Ticket details on the attached flyer, and can be purchased from Midland Opera’s website

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Easter Activities Across the District

Looking for something to do over the Easter holidays? There is plenty going on in and around the district for all ages. We’ve compiled a list of our favourites below.

Selly Manor are holding some Eggcellent Easter Eggtivities, hop on down and make a cute Easter animal or greetings card, an Easter basket or a spring nature spotter; you can even join in the egg hunt. (Open Monday – Friday, 10am – 5pm. Saturday and Sunday, 2pm – 5pm.)

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Or if Druids Heath Library is closer to you, get creative at their free Easter Craft Session. (Saturday 19 April, 10.30am – 11.30am.)

If dance is more your thing, join local professional dance company RDC Youth for some free, high quality workshops and performances in Walkers Heath Park. (Thursday 24th April, 12pm-4pm.)

The Roadhouse have some fantastic gigs lined up as usual and on Monday 14th they’ve got a free comedy night featuring some great local comedians. (From 8pm.)

The next Stirchley Community Market is on Thursday 17th April at Loaf Community Bakery and Cookery School which gives you just enough time to stock up on some fantastic local produce for an Easter feast.

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Have a great break!

Call out for Volunteers.

We have a few events over the Art SOAK weekend that still need volunteer support.  They are

Saturday 23 March 2013

Support visual artists (Sarah Taylor Silverwood http://www.sarahsilverwood.com OR Lorna Rose http://www.lornarose.co.uk OR Andrew Tims) delivering workshops in a number of locations, helping to set up the space for workshops,  assisting with helping participants to take part in the workshop, asking participants (or parents of participants) to complete very short evaluation forms, keeping head count of participants, helping to clear up afterwards.   A minimum of 2 hours volunteering would help us or for people who can offer longer that would be great.  Workshops located at Druids Heath Library, Yardley Wood Library and Billesley School.  Workshops start at 10am.
Hinterland – Tom Cahill Jones
We are looking for strong volunteers to help artist Tom Cahill Jones put his installation together.  This is a wooden structure that comes in panels and will be set up on the verge next to the junction of Hunts Road and Hazelwell Lane, Stirchley.  Volunteers required 9.00am – 12noon.  
Volunteers also required to dismantle and store – 6pm – 7.30pm.
We will also need volunteers throughout the day to assist Tom to run the installation, help to collect peoples stories (recording) and collect data and evaluation information.  Installation runs from 1 – 6pm. Ideally 1.5 hour stints here would be helpful.
Sunday 24 March
Support jewellery artist Jolene Smith at Billesley Indoor Tennis Centre to run workshops 2pm – 4.30pm with set up from 1.15pm.   Duties will include assisting with helping participants to take part in the workshop, asking participants (or parents of participants) to complete very short evaluation forms, keeping head count of participants, helping to clear up afterwards.   A minimum of 2 hours volunteering would help us for the duration of this workshop that would be great.

 

OR if you fancy volunteering elsewhere in the programme do get in touch!  We are keen to meet enthusiastic and friendly volunteers to help out.

 

Volunteers will be the lynchpin between the artistic activity and the audience and participants, supporting the artists and acting as a contact for the venues and hosts as well as undertaking a crucial role in collecting data and other information.

Any questions please get in touch: artsforumsellyoak@gmail.com or message us on Facebook or Twitter.