PUSH is an opera inspired by the true story of Simon Gronowski who, as an 11 year old boy, was pushed off a train to Auschwitz by his mother in 1943. Simon Gronowski survived and is now aged 86 and living in Brussels. The opera also draws on various accounts by families and individuals who have experienced refugee and prisoner status since the tyranny of William the Conqueror following the Battle of Hastings in 1066 to contemporary global events.
The opera PUSH, composed by Howard Moody, was performed at Chichester Cathedral by a chorus of almost 100 adults and children from local community choirs and schools. The first performance took place on the evening of Saturday 27th January 2018 to mark international Holocaust Memorial Day. A second performance will take place at St Paul’s, Chichester, on Wednesday 11th April at 7pm.
The project is being developed by the partners who staged the highly praised Carl Davis work “Last Train to Tomorrow” at the Cathedral in 2016: Chichester Cathedral, Chichester University, and Chichester City Council.