This autumn, Glyndebourne on Tour will give performances of The Magic Flute, Hänsel und Gretel and Carmen especially for schools and colleges. This education initiative gives 3,500 students from across the south east and further afield the opportunity to enjoy professional opera. Glyndebourne is the only opera company outside of London to present fully-staged opera performances exclusively for young people.
“…The most imaginative opera-education department in the country.” – The Independent
Performances for Schools at Glyndebourne – October 21st, 23rd, 24th 2008
Performances for Schools at Regent Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent – November 14th 2008
Under the new name Performances for Schools, these performances present an unrivalled opportunity to introduce students to opera, providing them with the chance to experience the excitement of watching a live performance. It is the perfect accompaniment to a student’s exploration of music, literature and drama. From this autumn, Glyndebourne is widening this provision even further, to include, as part of its Tour programme, a performance of The Magic Flute at the Regent Theatre in Stoke-on-Trent.
In support of Performances for Schools, workshops for both students and teachers are offered alongside the performances, with the aim of helping students to get the most out of the performance they see. Workshops for Schools prepare students for the performance through various activities held at their school, including physical and vocal warm-ups, drama work, musical listening exercises, and singing, led by a team of artists from Glyndebourne.
Workshops for Teachers, designed for those teaching music, drama and performing arts, demonstrate a range of practical and creative ways of introducing opera to primary, secondary, and sixth-form students, led by an experienced team of workshop leaders from Glyndebourne.
Glyndebourne Education continues to offer the well-established Opera Experience programme to secondary schools and colleges. It introduces young people to opera through a combination of engaging workshop activities and the opportunity to attend a fully-staged, live evening performance, all on the same day. For 2008, workshops will focus on Bizet’s Carmen and Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel.
This October, for the first time, Glyndebourne Education will run an audio described performance of Hänsel and Gretel, preceded by a touch tour of the stage, for blind and visually impaired students. For the second year running, there will be a signed performance of The Magic Flute for students with hearing impairments.
Performances for Schools at Glyndebourne are now sold out, but there are still places available for the Stoke-on-Trent event. Tickets cost £5 per student. Visit www.glyndebourne.com to download a booking form.
In addition to the Glyndebourne dates (14th October-1st November), the Tour will travel to Woking (4th –8th November), Stoke-on-Trent (11th –15th November), Milton Keynes (18th –22nd November), Norwich (25th –29th November) and Plymouth (2nd –6th December).
Glyndebourne Performances for Schools are supported by Arts Council England.