Norfolk Schools Opera

Last month, Norfolk Schools Opera held the first opening performance at the Theatre Royal – where schools came together for a day of workshops and performances. – The project will eventually culminate in some outstanding performances in 2019 – Personally I can’t wait to see how the children’s ideas will transform the theatre stage!

“2018-19 Norwich Theatre Royal and Norfolk Music Hub are collaborating in a year-long programme, working with hundreds of pupils, teachers, and young gifted and talented musicians from across Norfolk”

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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

Schools project in full swing

The Norfolk Schools Project was in full swing yesterday, as Kinsale school in Norwich had their chance to impress Lynsey Docherty with their pretty impressive singing, before performing their pieces in the joint singing workshop In the afternoon. Which saw all three schools come together, working on a collaboration and individual pieces.

Every child in the group seemed enthused and it’s testament to the hard work of everyone involved that a project like this is of such benefit.

To watch the children develop from shy individuals to confident performers is really quite something.