Big Opera Takeover

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Big Opera Takeover

Big Opera Take Over

Free activities, short screenings and the Advance Wedding Party pop up performances as opera takes over Ramsgate town and beach!

11.30am – 4pm

Pop up opera – The Advance Wedding Party

Catch Garsington Opera soprano Belinda Evans and baritone Bruno Loxton leading a company of local people who have been working with musical directors Emily Leather and Tania Holland-Williams for the last few weeks. A series of very short extracts have been devised to be sung in spaces around town, and you can join in – it’s the Advance Wedding Party for Semele!
From 11.30am around the town centre and harbour. The following are approximate performance times and locations, both of which may vary according: 12.30pm York St; 1.15pm Corby’s Tea Rooms; 3pm Obelisk, by the Pavilion; 3.45pm Beach Kiosk

2pm – 5:30pm

Workshop Tents – Beach, past the children’s rides

Lots to make and do – themed around the story of Semele, by Handel, these are family-friendly and led by local artists, makers and crafters. Materials all provided, it’s free to take part, just drop in.

3pm and 5pm

Short screenings

A 45 min screening of excerpts from Semele, by George Frideric Handel will take place at 3pm and again at 5pm.  Both will be introduced by Freya Wynn-Jones, a director from Garsington Opera who will explain the intriguing love story with a twist and how it unfolds through this fantastic production from Garsington Opera.

7:30pm – 10:30pm


There will be a free evening screening of Garsington Opera’s full length production of Handel’s masterpiece, Semele, on the beach starting at 7.30pm – see separate event details: Semele – opera on the beach

Find out more about Opera for All. #opera4all #Semele

The Big Opera Takeover is produced by Looping the Loop

Part of the Think Big series of events


Please help the Festival!

We are dependent on fundraising to make our full programme happen this year and every year. Please consider supporting us with a donation to help secure the Festival and its future. If everyone in Ramsgate were to give just one a pound, imagine what we could achieve for the town!

Find out how you can help, watch our fun Kickstarter video, featuring actress Brenda Blethyn and a host of other Ramsgate people and please share the link with everyone you can think of who may like to help!

July 22 2017


Date: 22nd July 2017
Time: 11:30 am - 6:00 pm
Cost: FREE
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