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On Sunday 4 August 2013, music and theatre lovers alike will be heading to Gloucester Cathedral for a musically motivated, off-beat take on the topics of aging, dementia and growing old gracefully, when The Bargee’s Wife opera makes its world premiere at the Three Choirs Festival.
Starring internationally renowned singer Barbara Dickson, supported by a cast of 160 amateur singers and featuring music performed by members of The Philharmonia Orchestra, The Bargee’s Wife is certainly something to sing about.
Using the words and memories of those suffering from dementia, it portrays the way in which time alters with the syndrome, as well as the way their grasp of the present fades whilst the past remains.
Taking almost two years to complete, this one-act opera promises to take the audience on an honest and open journey through the mindset of dementia, comprising contributions from Gloucester-based care home residents combined with a gentle blend of opera, choral and folk music.
Written by Karen Hayes and composed by Jethro Tull’s John O’Hara, this beautiful and moving opera was commissioned in partnership with local dementia charity Mindsong for Three Choirs Festival 2013, with the main aim of the ambitious project being to promote music and creativity for people suffering from dementia and allowing them to express themselves more openly.
By Beth Mahoney
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