"A nonstop hour-long drama that is cinematic in its scope and fluidity."  ★★★★ Richard Morrison, The Times (£)

"For its cohorts of community singers and dancers...this was a real achievement."  ★★★★ Richard Fairman, Financial Times (£)

"A remarkable event with a vast community cast ... There is a real sense of vision in this coming together, as clear in the unstoppable energy of the performers as it is in the excellence of the stagecraft displayed in Karen Gillingham's complex production."  ★★★★ George Hall, The Stage

"Silver Birch embodies the power of music to transform lives and communicate a profound, universal message. It’s a community project involving one-hundred-and-eighty singers from different backgrounds, including Primary School children, army veterans and women from a local refuge ... Panufnik and Duchen’s achievement is to synthesise personal and poetic experiences, often harrowing and disturbing, into a work of beauty and hope."  ★★★★★ Amanda-Jane Doran, Classical Source

"A work that is having an impact on performers and audiences alike, and which stands as one of the very best examples of this type of opera."  ★★★★★ Sam Smith, Music OMH

"'Everyone suddenly burst out singing' wrote Siegfried Sassoon in his paean to humanity amidst the horror of war, 'Everyone Sang'. And sing they did, all 180 of them ... a chorus of roof-raising passion and purpose."  Helen Wallace, The Arts Desk

"This was undoubtedly the most uplifting and moving evening I've spent in the theatre this year. It deserves many more outings - soon."  Susan Elkin, Sardines Magazine

"The opera is a potent and eclectic mix altogether, and it is notable achievement that its many strands are held together so coherently."  Curtis Rogers, Seen and Heard International

"This was a magnificent undertaking for all concerned"  Lark Reviews

"Everything about this project was special."  Virginia Burges, rhap.so.dy in words

"This was a marvellous, inspiring production and one which will hopefully be enjoyed by many audiences to come."  Maureen Idowu, Henley Standard


Silver Birch pioneered a groundbreaking digital partnership between Garsington OperaBBC Arts and Pinewood Studios, which included a project called Person 181 which opens up the experience of performing in a live performance to the online viewer and will be available from autumn 2017.  Introductory videos to Silver Birch by BBC Arts are available to view below.



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