Britten's Canticles inspired choruses

Our Composers in Residence. L-R: Alex Patterson, Anna Appleby, Litha Efthymiou, Ella Jarman-Pinto, Bushra El-Turk
Streetwise Opera's Canticles at Westminster Abbey in 2002

Our inaugural production in 2002 was Britten’s Canticles at Westminster Abbey. For 2016-17, we selected five Composers in Residence to create original responses to these canticles which were performed at Opera Hours across England in spring 2017.

Selected from more than 100 applicants, the five Composers in Residence were: Anna ApplebyLitha EfthymiouBushra El-TurkElla Jarman-Pinto and Alex Patterson. Supported by PRS for Music Foundation, each composer collaborated with Streetwise Opera’s performers in one of our five regions to create a new 3-5 minute chorus. Click here to find out more about the Composers in Residence


Streetwise Opera’s 2016-17 season was supported by PRS for Music Foundation, Arts Council England, Macquarie Group Foundation and Big Lottery Fund.

Anna Appleby grew up in Newcastle upon Tyne. She read Music at Oxford and recently completed her MMus in Composition at RNCM. She has written for the Royal Northern Sinfonia, Manchester Camerata, the Cavaleri Quartet and the BBC Singers, among others. Her compositional interests include opera, dance, and music within community and educational settings.

Litha Efthymiou is a London-based composer. She has received awards from ACE, Wellcome Trust, PRS Women Make Music and National Lottery. Her work has been performed in venues including Queen Elizabeth Hall, Kings Place, RAH Elgar Room, The Sage Gateshead and Bristol St.George's. Her compositions are published by Edition HH.

Selected by the BBC as one of the world’s most inspiring 100 women, Bushra El-Turk’s music has been both performed and broadcast on radio and television globally. She has collaborated with the London Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Orchestras, London Sinfonietta, Royal Opera House (ROH2), the Latvian Radio Choir and the Atlas Ensemble (Holland) amongst others.

Composer, singer and teacher Ella Jarman-Pinto lives in Cumbria and studied at Guildhall School of Music. Ella performs her own compositions and arrangements of early music with her vocal group, Carvetti Trio.

Alex Patterson is a Northern Irish-born composer and conductor based in Nottingham. He is Director of Music for Nottingham Cathedral and works as a freelance conductor for numerous community-based choirs as well as composing for groups of all ages and abilities.