Standing By The Thames


Co-created by composer Electra Perivolaris and mums and toddlers from The Magpie Project in East London.

This micro-opera centres on two women, both of whom have recently migrated to Britain under the most difficult of circumstances.

As they stand on a bridge over the Thames, they notice each other on opposite sides of the river. They form an immediate connection, reflecting together on their current situation, the way that the flowing waters connect them back to other parts of their lives, and then bringing them back into the present, imagining a hopeful future centred around togetherness and community.

Composer Electra Perivolaris dedicates this micro-opera “to the wonderful women who have contributed so much to the compositional process as well as to Jane, Hannah, and to all the team at The Magpie Project for the invaluable work they do on a daily basis and for making such a warm and creative environment.”

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