Performers plea for Batley opera

Show Time: 2016 Rehearsals at Batley Central Methodist Church.
Show Time: 2016 Rehearsals at Batley Central Methodist Church.

singers, musicians, dancers and performers of all ages and backgrounds are wanted to produce a new contemporary opera about Batley.

Creative Scene, in partnership with Batley Business Association and 509 Arts, is staging the new community opera called The Batley Variations.

Rehearsals will start from September 2018 and performances take place from 23 to 25 November at St Mary’s Social Club, which will be spectacularly transformed into a glamorous cabaret style venue.

The new project follows the success of the very first Batley Does Opera, presented in partnership with Opera North in 2016.

The new project is looking for people to take part as singers in the chorus, solo performers, musicians in the band, backstage crew, costume makers or community volunteers.

There will be a drop-in taster workshop at St Mary’s Social Club on Monday 16 July between 6.30pm and 8.30pm for anyone who wants to get involved.

Nancy Barrett, director of Creative Scene, which uses Arts Council England funding via the National Lottery to brings arts and culture to the area, said: “It is Batley Does Opera again, but this time it’s a bit different.

“The Batley Variations will tell the story of Batley and its people, the ordinary and extraordinary, who live here.”

Andrew Marsden, chairman of the Batley Business Association and opera buff, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to get involved in something different, which would not usually be available here in Batley.

“It will be an operatic song cycle celebrating a town, its people, and its stories.”

Any interested party can register at or email for more information.

The project is funded by Creative Scene and the Arts Council England.