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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New co-ordinator…and new home!

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Hi there! My name is James Kennedy, and i’m the new Arts Forum co-ordinator for Selly Oak. I will be looking after arts provision within the Selly Oak constituency, which embraces Selly Oak/Selly Park, Stirchley, Bournville, Cotteridge, Druid’s Heath, Yardley Wood and Billesley.

I’ve lived in South Birmingham for most of my life, and since 2004 have enjoyed supporting and taking part in my city’s varied arts scenes. I organise my own open mic/showcase event, the Sunday Xpress, which currently lives at Centrala in Digbeth, and my favourite piece of cake on a Trivial Pursuit board is definitely Arts and Literature.

I am pleased to announce that Arts Forum Selly Oak has very kindly been offered a home at the Stirchley Baths Community Hub on Bournville Lane. In agreement with the Baths we will be assisting them with their plans for Birmingham Heritage Week and The Big Draw, and also we will be actively involved with the Community Cinema Club which has it’s base there.

A big mission will be to go out and see for myself what’s going on in the area and recommend it…there will be blogs, posters, videos, recommendations…A lot of you will know about them, and some of you won’t – names that spring to mind are Artefact Café (my local) , Bournville Book Festival, Creative Coffee Hub, Sense Birmingham and their home at Touch Base Pears, Friends of Cotteridge Park, Maypole Youth and Community Centre, spaces in libraries, back rooms, churches…individual artists and organisations, bands playing in pubs, noises coming from rehearsal rooms and studios…the list is varied and vast. Eventually it will all re-appear on the Creative Directory link. Spotlights on, interviews, and chances to get everybody involved…I will also be putting on Arts Forum events across the area…more of that anon…

There are loads of established and hard-working people and organisations out there who know their stuff and are doing great things within their community already… If you are one of them and want to get in touch and spread the word of what you are doing – please get in touch with me at artsforumsellyoak@gmail.com.

That’s it from  me for the moment – look out for details of the first Arts Forum Selly Oak meeting at Stirchley Baths which will be occurring very soon.

A SHOW OF HANDS for Stirchley Baths

Let’s have a SHOW OF HANDS for the Heritage Lottery Fund bid to get Stirchley Baths back into community use. Supported by Birmingham Conservation Trust, to be submitted in June by Selly Oak District (Birmingham City Council). 

Come along to Stirchley Library on Saturday 6th April to get involved in the community art challenge to show just how much support there is for the project.

Paper, pens, glitter, glue, crayons, tissue paper, pegs, laminator and washing line provided! We just need your hands – and some dry weather would be nice too!