Beekeeper - opera fundraising
Beekeeper is a multi-layered exploration of the relationship between a beekeeper, Tom, his wife, Doucette, and his hive of bees. Amongst many other things it explores life and death; patterns of behaviour; complex relationships;
belonging; consciousness; survival; husbandry; the environment; the role of the bee in our society; existentialism; honey and wax.
The performance will consist of four central operatic sung characters, with sparse peripheral elements of dance and film; orchestral music for small orchestral ensemble; male chorus x 9; pre-recorded spoken voice and sound-design. Beekeeper will incorporate strong visual elements, through stage design originating from sculpture, and some film/special effects, presenting a compelling, moving story in a new, inspiring and fantastical way. Beekeeper will be a sensual experience to trigger the senses, using rich imagery, vibrant colours, and a carefully chosen fine balance of performers. Artistic excellence and a totally original approach will underpin the work.
Another chat with Chet
Barrett is currently preparing a re-working and new orchestration of his trumpet concerto Conversation with Chet, for the trumpet soloist, Classical Brit winner Alison Balsom.
Conversation with Chet was originally commissioned by Sir Roger Norrington and the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra to mark the conductor’s 70th birthday, and was premiered with Alison Balsom as soloist in Stuttgart and Vienna.