About Glyndebourne education

Explore our history in the pages below.

If you’ve taken part in Glyndebourne education projects over the years, get in touch with your stories – we’d love to hear from you.

30 years of pioneering education work

In 2016 we celebrated 30 years of education work that has helped to:

  • Commission 32 composers including Julian Philips, Lynne Plowman, Orlando Gough and Jonathan Dove, whose first ever opera was commissioned by the education department in 1990
  • Give 3,000 amateur singers and instrumentalists the chance to take part in performance projects
  • Enable 30,000 school pupils to experience the exhilaration of watching fully staged opera through its Performances for Schools programme, established in 2006
  • Win four prestigious awards for our work, including two Royal Philharmonic Society awards, and be shortlisted for a further six accolades

Glyndebourne formed its education department in 1986 with the initial aim of complementing our touring activities. The department has expanded to deliver a year-round programme of work and is responsible for many of Glyndebourne’s new commissions, many of which are performed on the main stage.

During 2016, we celebrated with a number of events, including:

  • World premiere of Nothing, a new opera by composer David Bruce and librettist Glyn Maxwell, featuring a chorus of young singers from Glyndebourne Youth Opera and talented young instrumentalists
  • Glyndebourne Youth Opera performance of new compositions by Glyndebourne’s Young Composer-in-Residence, Lewis Murphy, inspired by the 2016 Glyndebourne Festival production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • Partnership with Battle Festival and De La Warr Pavilion to commission a major new contemporary opera by the internationally acclaimed composer Howard Moody as part of the Root 1066 International Festival to mark the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings.

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30 Years 30 Days

In 2016 Glyndebourne marks 30 years since the creation of its education department through a social media campaign.