PUSH was written by the internationally acclaimed composer Howard Moody, and is based on the remarkable true story of Simon Gronowski. Simon’s life, by his own words, “is only miracles”, and the title refers to the desperate and courageous gesture of his mother, who saved his life by pushing him off a train to Auschwitz in 1943. The story explores the best and worst in human nature, shifting in time to consider the plight of refugees, and cycles of war and suffering. Ultimately, the piece offers hope for our capacity for healing and forgiveness, even in the most challenging times.
The University of Chichester Orchestra will perform the opera, and Crispin Ward, Senior Lecturer in Orchestral Studies at the University will conduct the performance. The choir will be composed of children from local schools, including Barnham Primary School, Bishop Luffa School, Bishop Tufnell CE (Aided) Junior School, Bourne Community College, Jessie Younghusband Primary School, Parklands Primary School, and, St Philip Howard Catholic School.