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Merine & Leo

featured in the film

Baby Leo is a regular at Birmingham Hippodrome B'Opera sessions. His great grandmother Merine suffers from dementia but dotes on Leo and looks forward to his regular visits. Unable to see him, she became low during lockdown. Leo's mum Lydia was able to film their touching reunion, and the family kindly gave us permission to use the footage in 'Stolen Moments'. 

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We would like to thank everyone who took part

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Zoë Challenor

Artistic Director

B'Opera Founder and Director Zoë is a Birmingham-based performer and educator. She worked as Choral Director for 8 years at Junior Trinity Laban Conservatoire in London, runs multiple singing projects with Welsh National Opera, including early years sessions for refugee families, and through B'Opera, introduces the magic of opera to thousands of young children each year.

Samantha Clark


25-year-old artist/animator Sam  graduated from De Montfort University, Leicester in 2019 with a first class animation degree. Since then she has worked on a number of projects and has recently joined the team at Crosscut Media - a video production company based in Leicester - as their Animator / Motion Graphics  

View Sam's portfolio and her beautiful 4 minute animation 'Lone' here

Chloe Knibbs

Chloe's compositions have been included in the British Music Collection, and  include works for opera and music theatre, orchestra, chamber music, art song and choir. Her music
has been featured on BBC Radio 3 and performed by a number of ensembles including the Riot Ensemble, Birmingham Opera Company and Project Instrumental. Chloe's work has also received support from PRS Women Make Music Scheme and Jerwood Arts.

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Emilia Moniszko

Producer, Blunt & Brave

Emilia is a creative brand strategist, lecturer and the founder of Blunt & Brave, a creative agency focused on helping charities and social enterprises

across the cultural sector build strong brands, effective communications and

engaged communities.

Wai Sum Chong



A graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Wai Sum Chong likes to combine the two strands of her specialisms as a classical pianist and dance musician into her work as a music educator. She is the founder-director of Rhythm Circle, a music education initiative based on multi-sensory methods.

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Photography Melissa Morris, Marcin Sz, Godfrey Pitt, AMK Photography