Jun 22, 2016

We asked Omar to join the RM19 creative team because of his passion for bringing out the best in young people. Throughout his working with RM19 he demonstrated a deep consideration for the wellbeing of every individual in the 50-strong group, and he was instrumental in developing our model for pastoral care, particularly with the introduction of group leaders. Omar worked with us to create a nurturing environment where participants were encouraged to become increasingly aware of their potential as future creative leaders in Thurrock and beyond. As a director, Omar was insightful and inspiring, enabling each performer to fulfil their potential. His drama-crafting skills and sensitivity to music perfectly complemented those of musical director Dominic Peckham making them a highly effective team. As RM19 has evolved and Omar’s involvement has ended, his vision and influence can still be felt in the positivity and responsibility felt by RM19 alumni in their ongoing engagement with the Royal Opera House and other arts initiatives.

Gabrielle Forster-Stille, Deputy Head of Learning and Participation, Royal Opera House (Thurrock)

Jun 13, 2016

Omar is one of very few individuals who is able to inspire groups of 40 school children in a morning workshop and a group of 30 adults in the evening. His professionalism is consistently of a high level as are his energy levels, and his creative work combined with the versatility of his skill set make him the perfect artist lead for a wide variety of artistic projects. Cheers at Omar's name being mentioned during the final performance from both audience and performers were justified, and all feedback from participants, audience and the local press suggests that there is a strong desire to run the project again. Our partners in Batley have been endless in their praise for what he achieved and he has since been approached for further high-profile projects within Opera North.

Tim Pottier, Opera North

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