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The Batley Variations

St Mary’s Social Club, Batley November 23-25

West Yorkshire-based 509 Arts is seeking singers, musicians, dancers and performers of all ages and backgrounds - who are interested in working on a spectacular new community opera about the town of Batley. The Batley Variations has been commissioned by Batley Business Association and Creative Scene and will be premiered in November 2018 at St Mary’s Social Club, in the heart of the town. The project follows the success of the very first Batley Does Opera, presented in partnership with Opera North in 2016.

Nancy Barrett, director of Creative Scene, which uses Arts Council England funding via the National Lottery to brings arts and culture to the area, said: “It is Batley Does Opera again, but this time it’s a bit different.

“The Batley Variations will tell the story of Batley and its people – the ordinary and extraordinary – who live here.” Lawyer Andrew Marsden, who chairs the Batley Business Association and is also an opera buff, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to get involved in something different, which would not usually be available here in Batley. It will be an operatic song cycle celebrating a town, its people and its stories, written by Mike Kenny and composed by Richard Taylor.” Rehearsals start in September and the show is staged November 23-25. Batley Variations will feature a showcase of local talent - singers, musicians and performers. Jenny Harris, of 509 Arts, said: “The project is looking for people to take part as singers in the chorus, solo performers, musicians in the band, backstage crew, costume makers or community volunteers.”

There will be a drop-in taster workshop at St Mary’s Social Club on July 16 from 6.30-8.30pm for anyone who wants to get involved.

Everyone is welcome, regardless of previous experience.

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