24 July 2019: Internationally renowned singers and Royal Opera House regulars, Michael Fabiano and Joyce El-Khoury, will lead performances for the 19th annual Night Under The Stars concert at the Royal Festival Hall to raise money for London-based homelessness charity The Passage.
The annual concert will be a celebration of Italian opera hosted by long-term supporter of The Passage, BBC Radio 3 presenter Petroc Trewlany. The programme will showcase arias from The Barber of Seville (Rossini), Nabucco (Verdi), Tosca and Turandot (Puccini).
Night Under The Stars will also feature the Orion Orchestra conducted by recent ENO Mackerras Conducting Fellow Toby Purser. They will be joined by Mezzo Soprano Clare Preland, Baritone Simon Thorpe and Streetwise Opera, the award-winning performing arts charity for people who are or have been homeless, as well as the Tiffin Boys’ Choir, Tiffin Chamber Choir and Trinity School Boys’ and Girls’ Choirs. The concert will be held on 5 November 2019 at the Royal Festival Hall.
The Passage, founded in 1980, is a Westminster-based charity supporting people who are street homeless or are living in insecure accommodation. Its aim is to end their homelessness and inspire them to transform their lives. Each year The Passage works with more than 3,000 people and its values-led approach is encapsulated in a broad range of services. The Passage runs the UK’s largest Resource Centre, used by up to 150 clients daily, as well as homelessness prevention and accommodation projects. Since being established, over 130,000 people have been helped to end their homelessness.
Mick Clarke, CEO of The Passage, said, “The Passage provides support to London’s homeless, from daily hot meals and other basic services through to longer term housing and employment solutions that help end the cycle of homelessness. Everyone has the right to have a place we call home and the opportunity to fulfil our potential, whatever temporary situation we may find ourselves in. The Passage is really proud to have helped thousands do just that, by helping them off the streets and into accommodation and employment. Night Under The Stars is our flagship annual fundraising event, enabling us to keep preventing and ending street homelessness for those that come to our doors. We are delighted to be celebrating 19 years of Night Under The Stars and absolutely thrilled to have the very considerable vocal talents of Michael, Joyce, Simon and Clare performing for the charity, accompanied by Toby and the Orion Orchestra. I am particularly proud to see a number of former clients from The Passage performing on stage with the brilliant Streetwise Opera. I know this year’s concert is going to be a truly wonderful musical event."
Toby Purser, Artist Director and Conductor, said, “The Passage’s Night Under The Stars is an event the Orion Orchestra is proud to support, and it is going from strength to strength. The programme this year promises a fantastic night of Italian opera favourites sung by world-class musicians. I would like to say a big thank you to Joyce, Michael, Clare and Simon for “donating” their voices for the evening. Book your tickets now!”