Mira Calix and Flat-e team up for next Streetwise Opera project

We’re delighted that Mira Calix and Flat-e will be teaming up for our next project. They will be writing one of four short ‘Film Operas’ with other top artists. The piece, Fables – A Film Opera will be premiered at Spitalfields Music on 17th Dec with a live staging before the films tour.

Follow the progress of the project here.

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MSH has made it to the National Lottery Award Final

We are delighted that My Secret Heart is in the final of the National Lottery Awards – a search to find the UK’s favourite Lottery-funded project. We are in the Arts Project category alongside 2 other projects and there are 21 charities in total in the final.

Thanks to everyone who voted for us – the final will be on 4 September and it’s going to be televised on BBC One – more details soon.

You can also see a video made by the Lottery Awards about our work below.

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MSH to go to New York and Beijing

The installation is due to be part of a very prestigious project run by Intel called the Creator’s Project. The Creator’s Project will take place across the globe and My Secret Heart will be involved in the New York presentation on 26 June and in Beijing on 17-19 September.

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MSH to be part of Sydney Biennale

We are in final discussions with the British Council, The Choir of Hope and Inspiration, SuperDeluxe, Syndey Biennale and Macquarie Group Foundation to tour to Australia in June 2010.

The tour would be similar to that in Japan in 2009 where we presented My Secret Heart and worked with groups in the region. In Tokyo My Secret Heart featured at SuperDeluxe in a club night and we are taking to the organisers about replicating this event when SuperDeluxe comes to the Sydney Biennale at Artspace. The provisional date for this is 26 June.

Around this club night we will be working with the world-famous Choir of Hope and Inspiration through workshops and a ‘Sing-posium’ invovling other organisations in the arts and social welfare field. We will also be delivering artists training for artists working with vulnerable adults and giving seminars about the work of Streetwise Opera.

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Thanks Newcastle and Paris!

Thanks to everyone at the Discovery Museum, Northern Stage and Nemo in Paris for programming the installation. My Secret Heart was presented in the wonderful Great Hall at Newcastle’s Discovery Museum and was part of Northern Stage’s 40th anniversary celebrations (Northern Stages). In Paris the installation appeared at the Nemo Festival at Centquatre which is a fabulous venue.

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Mira Calix wins British Composer Award

Mira Calix, the composer who wrote Streetwise Opera’s current work, My Secret Heart has won a British Composer Award.

The award was presented at an event in London hosted by BASCA (The British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors), the Performing Rights Society and BBC Radio 3. Listen to a programme broadcast on Radio 3 about the awards here.

The award panel described My Secret Heart as ‘transformational’.

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My Secret Heart on BBC Radio 3

BBC Radio 3 will play a 15-minute extract of MSH on 23rd Nov at around 7pm as part of Performance on 3 in a programme featuring the pieces shortlisted for the British Composer Awards (Mira Calix has been shortlisted for MSH). Keep fingers crossed for Mira and all of us – the award ceremony is on 1 Dec!

If you missed it on the radio you can ‘Listen Again’ for 7 days here

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Audience hits 125,000

The total audience for My Secret Heart has topped 125,000 – including audiences for live presentations, internet hits, presentations on the BBC Big Screens and the tour. We’ve still got a number of tour dates fixed for 2010 so we aiming for an audience of 150,000!

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MSH up for another award

Mira Calix has been shortlisted for the British Composer Awards for My Secret Heart. We find out on 1st December whether she has won. Congrats to her and fingers crossed!

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More tour dates added

We’re very much looking forward to taking My Secret Heart to the Taliesin Arts Centre in Swansea on 20 November. Taliesin will also be hosting a conference on homelessness before the public screening of the installation where arts and homelessness organisations together with funders and policy-makers are gathering to discuss the kind of work Streetwise Opera does coming to Wales.

In early 2010 the installation will be in Newcastle for two exciting presentations. Firstly we’ll be at the Discovery Museum from 9-15th January in the Great Hall. Then we are in final discussions with Northern Stage about presenting the installation as part of their 40th anniversary celebrations in February.

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