The extraordinary history of Greenham Common formed the basis of a large-scale spectacular community theatrical event and show, performed live on the runway of the former RAF and USAAF Airbase to an audience of thousands on Friday 8th and Saturday 9th September 2017.
The event celebrated the 20 years since Greenham Trust was formed and returned Greenham Common to the local community.
The choir was made up from many local choirs, including Newbury Choral Society, Cantemus, The Cromwell Singers, St Nicolas Church Choir and members from other local singing groups. They initially came together in June with musical director Cathal Garvey. The composer Nick Bicât attended all the rehearsals and the music evolved throughout the rehearsal process. After a break for the summer holidays, the rehearsals intensified from September 1st through to the event, with the music being recorded by the BBC for the radio play broadcast on the Andrew Peach morning show.
The choir and cast then came together to rehearse in the New Greenham Arts 101 building, then onsite at the common for the technical and dress rehearsals. This was a fascinating process and so different to normal choir rehearsals leading up to a concert.