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Take a peek behind the scenes and follow the Anya17’s progress through auditions and rehearsals at the RNCM to its premiere by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Ensemble 10/10 in March 2012.
 
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17 October 2012
Anya17 at Anti-Slavery Day Media Awards 2012

Here is a selection of photos of Anya17's co-founders Composer Adam Gorb and Librettist Ben Kaye with Director Caroline Clegg, at the Human Trafficking Foundation Media Awards 2012 held at the Speaker's House in London on 17th October, receiving the award for 'Best stage or film production dealing with human trafficking'.

Anya17's Adam Gord (Composer), Caroline Clegg (Director) and Ben Kaye (Librettist)  Anya17's Adam Gord (Composer), Caroline Clegg (Director) and Ben Kaye (Librettist)  Anya17's Adam Gord (Composer), Caroline Clegg (Director) and Ben Kaye (Librettist)
     
   
Anya17's Caroline Clegg (Director)   Anya17's Adam Gord (Composer)   Anya17's Ben Kaye (Librettist)
     
10 May 2012
Anya17 Live Performance Showreel
A montage of the Anya17 opera including live performance footage taken in Manchester and BBC TV coverage.
17 February 2012
Anya17 Rehearsals at RNCM

Here is a selection of photos and a film of the Anya17 cast rehearsals.

Photos by Chris Parker

Amy Webber (Elena) awaits her cue from Cunductor Clark Rundell  Andrea Tweedale (Anya) ponders her character's fate  Andrea Tweedale (Anya) shines as Composer Adam Gorb looks on
     
   
An exhausted Horn player takes a much needed breather   A moment of thought with Conductor Clark Rundell and Andrea Tweedale (Anya)   Amy Webber (Elena) sings wistfully of her past
     
   
A Pianist's perspective of the recent rehearsal   A Pianist's perspective of the recent rehearsal   Fish Eye view of the recent rehearsal
         
   
Horror on the lips of Joanne Holton (Mila)   Anya17's Composer Adam Gorb follows his score as Amy Webber (Elena) pours out her soul (in the background)   Anya17's Wind Section tackle a particularly challenging passage
         
   
A percussionist's perspective of the recent rehearsal   Strings make a statement as Anya17's Conductor Clark Rundell confers with Andrea Tweedale (Anya)   Strings reign supreme during a scene from the Anya17 rehearsal
         
   
Tom Hopkinson (Viktor) delivers a powerful performance   Tom Hopkinson's (Viktor) chilling Bass adds menace   Tom Hopkinson's powerful Bass comes under the scrutiny of Conductor Clark Rundell
Film by James Shilton with thanks to Jonnie Khan for sound assistance
 
17 February 2012
The Anya17 cast meets local Manchester MP Tony Lloyd at rehearsals

A recent rehearsal was attended by Tony Lloyd MP, who supporting the project from its inception dropped in to talk to the Writers, Director and Cast of Anya17.

Photos by James Shilton

Anya17 cast; Amy Webber, Caroline Clegg (Director), Adam Gorb (Composer), Joanne Holton, Sean Boyes, Lucy Baines, Tom Hopkinson, Andrea Tweedale and Ben Kaye (Librettist) with Tony Lloyd MP  Anya17 cast; Amy Webber, Lucy Baines, Joanne Holton, Sean Boyes with Tony Lloyd MP, Tom Hopkinson and Andrea Tweedale  The Anya17 Cast, Writers, Director and Conductor Clark Rundell with Tony Lloyd MP
     
   
Anya17 cast members Joanne Holton and Andrea Tweedale with Tony Lloyd MP   Anya17 cast members Joanne Holton, Lucy Baines, Sean Boyes, Andrea Tweedale and Tom Hopkinson with Tony Lloyd MP   Anya17 cast members Sean Boyes, Andrea Tweedale and Tom Hopkinson with Tony Lloyd MP
     
9 February 2012
Anya17 Rehearsals at RNCM

Here is a selection of photos of the Anya17 cast at a rehearsal at RNCM Manchester, one month before the world premiere.
Photos and film by James Shilton

Anya (Andrea Tweedale) tries to reach to an uncaring and brutalised Natalia (Lucy Baines)  Anya (Andrea Tweedale) pleads for her life  Mila (Joanne Holton) confides her past to the blind Elena (Amy Webber)
     
   
Viktor (Thomas Hopkinson), Natalia (Lucy Baines) & Gabriel/Uri (Sean Boyes)   Viktor (Thomas Hopkinson) stamps on his victim's head as his lover Natalia (Lucy Baines) looks on   Gabriel (Sean Boyes) reels on finding Anya's blood stained clothing
     
     
Mila (Joanne Holton), Elena (Amy Webber), Anya (Andrea Tweedale), Viktor (Thomas Hopkinson) & Natalia/Carole (Lucy Baines)   Mila (Joanne Holton), Elena (Amy Webber), Anya (Andrea Tweedale), Viktor (Thomas Hopkinson), Natalia/Carole (Lucy Baines) & Gabriel/Uri (Sean Boyes)    
30 October 2011
Anya17 Auditions at RNCM

Here is a selection of photos taken at the Anya17 auditions at RNCM Manchester.
Photos and film by James Shilton
With thanks to everyone involved at RNCM

 

Anya17 Audition Rushes Natalia's 'Broadway' Aria
In a deliberate and dramatically effective departure from Anya17's predominately classical content, a deeply disturbing Broadway parody reveals Natalia's childhood introduction to the hidden world of Sex Trafficking.
2011
Ben Kaye & Adam Gorb Promoting Anya17

Here is a selection of photos of Anya17's co founders, Librettist Ben Kaye and Composer Adam Gorb, out and about promoting the Anya17 opera.

October 2011
Ben Kaye with Immigration Minister Damian Green and HTF Chairman at visits 10 Downing Street, London
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Ben Kaye with the Human Trafficking Foundation Chairman Anthony Steen and Adam Gorb at the House of Lords, London
October 2011
Ben Kaye presents an Anya17 t shirt to Bob Walter, MP for North Dorset, Sturminster Newton
 
October 2011
Ben Kaye meets Aranka and Syria from The United Nations (UN GIFT), London
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