The Chalk Legend
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Weymouth + Portland National Sailing Academy

Site-specific Opera


The Chalk Legend, a newly commissioned opera-oratorio involved over 350 musicians, singers, dancers was the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra’s trailblazing event for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Dorset.

Nominated for a British Composer Award, Stephen McNeff's culminating work combined music, dance and drama and was specifically composed for Kokoro (BSO new music ensemble), Dorset Youth Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Chorus and Youth Chorus, young singers and dancers from Dorset, Poole and Bournemouth, and student actors from the Drama Centre, London.

Alongside professional opera singers, musicians, directors, choreographers and designers, the people of Dorset revealed the forgotten worlds that lie untold in the stone and chalk contours of the county's coastline.

JaneJaney designed the set and costumes and worked with students from Arts University Bournemouth.


Director / Richard Williams
Lighting Designer / Fridthjofur Thorsteinsson
Composer / Stephen McNeff
Set + Costume Designers / JaneJaney