Reviews & Testimonials

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The Concert for Nepal, 2015

“Every single event in aid of Nepal’s stricken communities and shattered infrastructure is valuable beyond words. My warmest thanks and admiration are with... those playing, and those listening, and all the kind and generous donors who have made this concert possible.”

Joanna Lumley OBE

"When a country is hit by one earthquake it is a disaster - but to be hit by two is a catastrophe. Those of us who are able need to raise money and awareness to help those who are so desperately in need. Music and, especially singing for me, is a worldwide language and one that I hope will unite many people in performing and giving what they can."

Graeme Danby, baritone

La Bohème, 2014

"This is La Bohème as you expect (and hope) it will be."

5 STARS, Fringe Opera (read full review here)

 

"Exceptional" 

4 STARS, Everyman Theatre

Read an interview with Sophie Gilpin here

Selected feedback from twitter:

Addaction, 2014

“Sophie and her team wrote to me early of 2014 with the idea of introducing ‘Opera’ as an approach to recovery. My initial thought was that there would not be enough interest from service users to get this as a concept off the ground, and I really felt that our service users wouldn’t take to singing. But these were my prejudices and I was wrong.

 

I brought the matter to our team meeting and found that staff were interested and supportive and wanted to also participate. From here it was an easy sell to convince our service users to take part.

 

Within three sessions Sophie and her team were able to get our Opera Group to write an opera, the theme being recovery (week one), find their voice and sing in tandem with others (week two), move and have stage presence in tandem whilst in song and perform in front of an audience (week three).

 

The audience was made up of professionals in our field as well as service users and due to the subject matter, recovery, there were many tear filled eyes. I sat watching and listening to reactions and I was honestly amazed at how quickly a group was developed, encouraged to find their own voice for lyrics and song, and to perform. 

Sophie was also able to arrange for a number of the service users to watch the production La Bohème, in Italian, a new experience for all who went and who thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

 

The service users who took part in our little production have since gone on to become Recovery Champions and apart from promoting the concept of recovery amongst service users they are active in promoting service user rights with us, our partners, the local authority and Public Health England.

 

These workshops were character building, building their confidence and enabling them to face the demands of a challenge, on a personal and team level. What was achieved in three sessions takes us between three to six months to achieve.”

Remon, Service Manager

Tonight at the Opera, 2013

“I'll never forget being there with some of the finest voices in the country -- too many to name, too good to single out a few. I'm completely star-struck.”

"Amazing! I laughed, I cried. Can't wait until La Bohème!”

 

"A real feast and totally inspiring; really brilliant idea."

“What a great evening, and such amazing talent.”

"How wonderful to watch a seamless, pacy show... Every performer engaged the audience, and found meaning and heart in every song / aria. Real performances! ... fabulous voices delivering an hour of opera magic with pace, charm, and emotion. No props, no scenery, no costumes - just blistering talent.”

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