Garsington Opera’s Silver Birch on BBC Arts Digital

Part of the BBC Opera Season, this ground-breaking experience from BBC Arts
Digital and Garsington Opera entitled Person 181, utilises
360-degree video capture and cutting edge ambisonic audio recording to
simulate being part of the community opera. The technology will give
audiences the experience of being on stage standing among the cast of 180
performers during a performance of Silver Birch, as well as unique
behind the scenes access in the build up to the actual performance.

Silver Birch
is an exciting new commission from leading UK composer Roxanna Panufnik,
with a libretto by writer Jessica Duchen. Inspired by Siegfried Sassoon’s
poems, and the testimony of a British soldier who recently served in Iraq,
the piece illustrates the human tragedies of conflicts past and present.
The opera chorus includes a variety of first time singers from various
community groups including veterans and family members.

Silver Birch
is a celebration of music, drama, poetry and dance and brings together
professional singers with 180 members of the local community. Designed to
appeal to everyone from age 8 upwards, Karen Gillingham, Creative Director
of Garsington Opera’s Learning & Participation programme, directs and
Douglas Boyd conducts. The production is also supported by Foley Artists
from Pinewood Studios.

Person 181
will be available at
along with three short ‘making of’ films, and at BBC Taster