BBC Arts film – Silver Birch – Jay’s Story

BBC Arts Digital followed the process of making Silver Birch and produced three documentary films, looking at different aspects of the project. The remarkable testimony of a British soldier who served in the Iraq War with his brother became central to Silver Birch, Garsington Opera’s story of courage and aspiration. In this film, Jay Wheeler visits rehearsals and shares his war experiences with some of the 180 cast members.

Composer: Roxanna Panufnik; Librettist: Jessica Duchen; Director: Karen Gillingham; Designer: Rhiannon Newman Brown; choreographer: Natasha Khamjani; Conductor: Douglas Boyd