English Pocket Opera Company to bring opera to 7,500 pupils across United Learning’s schools
United Learning has today launched a new and exciting partnership with English Pocket Opera Company.
The company will be touring the length and breadth of the country – from Bournemouth to Carlisle – bringing opera to 7,500 students in United Learning schools. Inspired by BBC Ten Pieces, the CBBC classical music programme for children, the scheme aims to make opera accessible for young people through its innovative approach.
Over 40 performances of ‘Opera Blocks’ – an engaging, interactive show designed to break down the building blocks of opera – will be taking place across England. The scheme was launched today with a performance at Lambeth Academy, followed by a second at Walthamstow Academy. The tour will be culminating in a schools festival at Lincoln at the end of June.
A small number of schools – including Wilberforce Primary and Surbiton High School – will also be preparing their own version of Bizet’s Carmen as part of the tour during special Opera in a Day workshops.
Catherine Barker, Head of Music and Performing Arts at United Learning, said:
‘I am delighted that English Pocket Opera Company have partnered with us for this ambitious tour. By working with a group like United Learning, EPOC will be able to inspire thousands of students and teachers across the country, bringing the world of opera to life.’