ABC`s children’s workshop are a fun, frivolous, frolicsome adventure for boys and girls (KS1-3) So turn the key and open the ABC of Opera treasures trunk to discover the magic of a 500-year-old story, find out how it all began in the land of pizza and pasta. Book your exciting, engaging and interactive discovery of the world of opera alongside our professional opera singers as we unfold the tales of Don Giovanni, Violetta, Papageno, Angelina, the Barber of Seville and so much more.
ABC of Opera – Opera for growing minds
The ABC of Opera initiative is being delivered in schools across the UK mentored by the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World and is having a direct and positive impact on our young learners.
Groups of up to 35 pupils engage in a performance led approach to the quirks and foibles of the great operatic composers. The content and approach demands and delivers exceptional pupil participation. This is led by 3 inspirational professional performers.
The ABC of Opera learning journey links world history, geography and social developments against a backdrop of music and fun. Curriculum links to aural and literacy which are the core, although most aspects of the curriculum are covered. In one school opera has become the Spring Term 2017 theme to cover all subjects. This includes number, language, design and creative writing.
The skills stretched ABC include listening and performing, pupils engage as individuals and as groups, quickly adapting to the pace and challenge of the program. Classroom teachers are surprised at the energy and enthusiasm the program releases in pupils of all abilities. A particular example was the quality of engagement achieved in a special school ASD group.
The views of pupils and teachers are universally positive. Perhaps the most valuable impact of a day full of fun, learning and laughter is that pupils want to learn more. This is an exciting initiative and a powerful learning experience for pupils and teaching staff.