community opera in a prologue and three acts



Libretto by Alastair Campbell

Commissioned by Blackheath Concert Halls for the Greenwich Festival

The story concerns a conflict between society's detritus 'The Uninvited' and the status quo, a plot to redevelop the urban centre and impose conformity on the people and a last-ditch uprising at the turn of the new millennium.

Premiere: 19 July 1997, Blackheath Concert Halls, London SE3


Director: Thomas de Mallet-Burgess


Conductor: Peter Selwyn


Mary King, Endymion Ensemble, Blackheath community singers and musicians

Bella mezzo soprano  

James - Bella's son, 13-15 years old acting role
Chrissie - a homeless woman acting role
Psyche medium voice
The Three Graces, Blackheath housewives possibly 2 women and one man (pantomime dame) , or three teenagers. 
The Mayor sung role, all chanted. 
A Bin Man spoken
A Curio Man spoken
A Punter spoken
A Mother spoken
Virginia, her daughter silent
The Mai-Tai Man medium voice
The Winner/Loser medium voice
The Heritage Secretary (Mrs) silent
Uninvited 1-4 SATB
Rats 1-2 squeaked

Chorus (2 part singing) - Punters in Deptford Market, The Uninvited, Stallholders, School Choir, Voice of the River

Orchestra: Flute+ piccolo, clar+ bass cl., tpt, trom, harp, piano, double bass
children's orchestra (optional): 2020/0200/5 percussion/strings