What is the connection between Gordon Brown and the Edgbaston Ward Committee? Not much usually! But the answer is that we both supported the Voice of Black Opera 2009 competition which took place in Edgbaston this weekend. The Prime Minister wrote a piece for the programme – and the Edgbaston Ward Councillors, of which I am one, supported the event through a small grant from our Ward Community Chest. In return, a number of free tickets were given to school children from our ward.
The event was organised by the Black British Classical Foundation and was timed to coincide with Black History Month – as it took place on the last day of October.
The competition was held at The Great Hall, Birmingham University. 7 finalists took part and were accompanied by The Royal Ballet Sinfonia. All the finalists were excellent and it was very difficult to choose between them. I’m sure the judges had a hard job deciding who to award the 3 prizes to.
The event was recorded by the BBC for Radio 3 and highlights will be broadcast tonight and tomorrow night during Performance on 3 from 7.00pm.
After the competition we were invited to join the organisers and performers for dinner at the University. The meal started with pumpkin soup – which was very suitable for Hallowe’en! All in all, a lovely evening. It’s great to see a prestigious competition like this being staged in Edgbaston.