Initially conceived by VIP Studio Sessions author, artist and producer Max Wheeler, Grown: A Grime Opera was commissioned by Charly Richardson, Music Service Lead Officer on behalf of Essex Music Education Hub. Working with Max was Grime artist Eyez, arranger/orchestrator Pete Riley, Essex Music Service’s vocal leader Roisin Quinn, and Robin Browning, conductor of Essex Youth Orchestra.
The Grime Opera brought together Grime and Classical music in a new way, and after months of preparation with talented young musicians from across Essex, Grown: A Grime Opera was debuted on Sunday 2nd July 2017, in a disused bus station in Colchester as part of the Hub’s Sounds of Essex Festival and Colchester’s Big Sunday celebrations. This premiere performance of the world’s first ever Grime opera attracted an audience of over 500 people, and featured Essex Youth Orchestra, Burnt Mill Academy choir, local young singers and rappers. This combination of electronics and live instrumentation is ground-breaking for music education, and the music industry as a whole, and really tested new technologies to their limit.
You can check out a teaser video of the performance here: