Performances for Schools

Every autumn Glyndebourne enables thousands of young people across the country to experience opera

Since 2006, Glyndebourne’s Performances for Schools have inspired over 30,000 students.

These performances enable young audiences to immerse themselves in the excitement of an opera. These are fully staged, full length performances with an on-stage introduction specifically for schools.

The Magic Flute


Monday 19 October, 11.00am

True love conquers all in The Magic Flute, a colourful fairy tale that pits the forces of darkness against truth, goodness and light. This playful production sets the action in a turn-of the century Viennese hotel, with the magical elements of the story brought to life with puppetry. 

Suitable for students from Year 6 upwards (aged 11 and above)

Pay the Piper

Balancing the Score

Friday 27 November, 11.00am

We all know the story of the Pied Piper of Hamelin – or at least we think we do. When the people of Hamelin try to piece together what really happened, their memories collide and the story we all know is challenged. Pay the Piper is a groundbreaking new opera in which the voices of four different composers weave together to tell one compelling story. 

Suitable for students from Year 5 upwards (aged 9 and above)

Performance for Schools 2020

Performances for Schools on Tour will be The Magic Flute: Behind the Curtain on the following dates:

Canterbury – Thursday 5 November
Milton Keynes – Thursday 12 November
Woking – Thursday 19 November
Norwich – Thursday 26 November

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What to expect

These performances are a unique experience – Glyndebourne’s world-famous auditorium filled entirely with students, a special introduction on stage, and then all the emotion, spectacle and intensity of a Glyndebourne opera, full-length and fully staged.


Free educational resources
  • An on-stage introduction for schools before the performance
  • Programmes for students to take home
  • A poster for the classroom


Glyndebourne is in the hear of Sussex countryside, yet only ten miles from Brighton and three miles from Lewes, with plenty of free on-site parking for coaches.


We understand that for some children, the behaviour expected during a performance may become overwhelming during their visit. To ensure that all members of the audience enjoy the experience, we provide a relaxed space adjacent to the auditorium in which students can continue to watch the opera via live link to the stage.


Supporting your students to achieve Arts Award Explore using Glyndebourne as a centre.

Arts Award’s unique qualifications support young people to develop as artists and arts leaders while the programme develops creativity, leadership and communication skills. Arts Award is open to anyone ages up to 25 and embraces all interests and backgrounds.


Artsmark is the creative quality standard for schools and education settings, awards by Arts Council England, recognising their commitment to high quality arts and cultural education.

Glyndebourne is proud to be working in partnership with schools and settings on their Artsmark Award journey. By supporting Artsmark settings, we’re helping put the arts at the hear of education, inspiring young people to create, experience and participate in high quality arts and culture.

Find out more about Artsmark at

To find out how Glyndebourne can support your Artsmark and Arts Award journey, contact

Glyndebourne’s Performances for Schools are supported by The Clore Duffield Foundation, The Pilot Trust, The Alchemy Foundation, The Davis Foundation, Tufton Charitable Trust, The Kowitz Family Foundation, Mike and Agatha Taylor, The John Jarrold Trust and an anonymous donor through investment from Glyndebourne’s New Generation Programme which invests significantly in developing new audiences and artists of the future.

Glyndebourne’s education programme is supported using public funding by Arts Council England.

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