Garsington Opera for All

The free screening of Handel's spectacular opera, Semele, will take place on a big screen by the Boating Lake, Skegness.

Skegness, 1 July, 1.50pm, Boating Lake

Garsington Opera for All

SO Festival and Garsington Opera for All are excited to present a free screening of Semele on Saturday 1st July at the Boating Lake, Skegness. The screening will begin at 1.50pm and will be preceded by a community pop-up choir event at 1.30pm.

SO Festival & Garsington Opera for All are working with a group of local 11-16 year olds on a collaborative design project to create the space in which the screening will take place. Combining the theme of PLAY with the story of Semele the group will design the auditorium & interactive elements of the screening for all the family to enjoy.

Workshop - Grosvenor House Hotel, 12 noon

Would you like to be involved? Why not come along and learn a short, easy chorus from Handel's Semele to sing with others directly before the screening? Everyone is welcome to come and join us - no previous experience required!

Garsington Opera for All will be running a free workshop at the Grosvenor House Hotel, at 12 midday for members of the public to learn a short, easy chorus from the opera. Professional musicians will help participants to learn the words and music, and to find out more about Handel's opera. The pop-up choir will then walk to the Boating Lake to sing the chorus through directly before the screening starts.

All welcome - just come along to the Grosvenor House Hotel for a 1200 noon start!


The free screening of Handel's spectacular opera, Semele, will take place on a big screen by the Boating Lake, Skegness. Semele composed in 1744, features some of Handel's most exquisitely beautiful music, with soaring choruses & splendid orchestral writing enhancing this most touching and humorous opera.

Annilese Miskimmon, Artistic Director of Norwegian National Opera, will direct, with Jonathan Cohen making his Garsington Opera debut, conducting a love story with a twist; the god Jupiter is captivated by the beauty of the all-too-human Semele. Inspired by the dramatic & colourful mythological characters, Handel's music is powerfully seductive.

Garsington Opera for All is an exciting three-year partnership between Garsington Opera, the charitable trust Magna Vitae, & the Coastal Communities Alliance, & is supported by Arts Council England's Strategic Touring Fund.

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