The Barber of Seville | Theatre Royal, Norwich

The Barber of Seville was the incredible opera performed to an enthused audience at the Norwich Theatre Royall on Sunday as three Norwich schools (Mile Cross Primary School, Valley Academy & St Augustine’s ) took to the stage & performed their own inspired creations of the Barber of Seville that had been developed over several weeks with the help & guidance from a professional team of musicians & directors.
Soprano was again performed by the lovely Lynsey Docherty, while the guest Baritone spot was taken up by Philip Smith.

Should you ever have the opportunity to go and see one of the Norfolk Schools Projects then I would highly recommend it.

Norfolk Schools Project | Norwich

I feel privileged to be able to continue my long association with the team behind the Norfolk Schools Project at the Norwich Theatre Royal The Autumn project is well underway and last week I took a trip to Valley Primary Academy in Norwich for the Joint Singing Workshop, which sees all three schools come together for an afternoon of creative expression ahead of their performances at the theatre this coming Sunday. Embracing their roles, it was a joy to watch the children fulfill their creative potential.

Waxings | English Touring Opera in Norwich

Last week I was shooting images for the English Touring Opera in Norwich. Their show Waxwings was being performed at Arden school in the city..

Waxwings is the latest in ETO’s acclaimed series of operas for young people. The opera is highly interactive, with lots of multi-sensory elements, and is designed to stimulate and engage with young people.

The story is about a boy called Olly and his sister Cilla. Olly is autistic and is obsessed with birds. They find a waxwing on their way to their new school and take it with them. Olly’s new teacher immediately takes against him, and the boy struggles with the simplest questions. The teacher hears the little bird in Olly’s pocket and calls for the Headteacher, who turns out to be part human, part Minotaur, with an appetite for small birds. They run with the waxwing to the top of the building to escape, and make wings for Olly made of wax and feathers

Norfolk Schools Project | Final Performance

On Sunday three schools from Norwich took to the stage at the Norwich Theatre Royal to perform their own unique and rather fabulous versions of the The Magic Flute..

I have watched the kids develop into wonderful performers who looked as though they felt very at home on the stage!

Below are some images from the performance on Sunday… arriving at the theatre at 10am I was able to photograph the rehearsals, enabling me to get nice and close to the action while staying on for the main performance, watching several parents have a tear or two!