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Opera and colourful costumes take over Stockport Academy on World Book Day

Words and music took over Stockport Academy today (3rd March), with the visit of the English Pocket Opera Company (EPOC) coinciding with World Book day.

The academy hosted a performance by EPOC as part of an exciting national tour which has just been launched as part of our United Music Initiative.

Academy students were treated to a performance of ‘Opera Blocks’; an engaging show designed to break down the building blocks of opera. The interactive session saw Year 7 students performing a cut-down version of ‘Carmen’, before they came up with and delivered their own production.

Those students taking part were also introduced to the three basic ingredients of opera – action, words and music – and were taught the more technical side of the music, for example the use of libretto, arias and choruses.

Stockport Academy Executive Principal Mr McCarron said:

“To see our Year 7 students confidently performing opera in front of their peers really is something special – not to mention a bit different! EPOC put on a fantastic show that really engaged both staff and students and broadened everyone’s horizons and we would like to thank them for treating us to a wonderful morning at the opera.”

The opera visit took place on World Book Day, with staff and students across the academy dressing up as a host of famous literary characters, ranging from Alice in Wonderland’s Mad Hatter to Cruella DeVille from 101 Dalmations.

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Posted: Mar 3, 2016,
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