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Glyndebourne Youth Opera Workshops

Every year Glyndebourne Youth Opera provides local young people with engaging opera workshops open to all

Every year Glyndebourne Youth Opera provides local young people with world-class performance opportunities and engaging opera workshops open to all.

Activity is streamed according to age group:

  • GYO 1: Ages 9-13
  • GYO 2: Ages 14-19

Any child living within a 25-mile radius of Glyndebourne is invited to take part in workshops in the spring and autumn terms. These introduce young people to the world of opera, through performing, creating and learning about opera from every angle. Any child who takes part in a workshop becomes eligible to audition for a GYO performance project.

GYO Workshops 2019

Glyndebourne are delighted to announce a series of exciting workshops for our Youth Opera this autumn, working with world-class opera professionals and giving a range of opportunities to develop your performing skills. From movement, singing and design to devising, come along and discover what it takes to become an opera performer.


Make Your Own Opera

This exciting two-day workshop will bring together three exceptional performing artists who will guide you to create and stage your very own opera. Musician and workshop leader Raph Clarkson will be working alongside director Alex Evans, focusing on joyful, creative music making.

Bringing together solo and group singing, instrumental performance, acting, and design, experience each of these artistic disciplines over the course of one weekend and discover the magic of opera!

Dates

31 August – 1 September

Times

10.00am – 4.00pm each day

Venue

The Hillcrest Centre, Newhaven

Cost

£20 (£10 concession – applicable to unwaged families/those in receipt of benefits. Second or multiple siblings in the same family will be charged the discounted rate. )

Age

9 – 19yrs


Get A Move On:  Performance Parkour

In this series of inspiring movement workshops you will be introduced to 2PK (performance-parkour) through a series of games exploring movement, working both in partnerships and as part of a larger group. It’s all about exploring your own creativity through a really simple, fundamental movement language.

The multi-award winning Urban Playground work inclusively with all levels of ability and will bring their unique fusion of authentic French Free-Running with contemporary & urban dance, physical theatre & slapstick comedy to Glyndebourne for the first time. Led by Alister O’Loughlin and the Urban Playground team, discover this exciting art and create small choreographies which will be presented within a performance of Zoo Humans for family at the end.

 ZOO HUMANS is a performance-parkour/dance/physical-theatre show for the whole family. Accompanied by an original electronic soundtrack by Chris Umney, featuring moments of David Attenborough’s classic narration.

Dates

8 September

Times

10.00am – 4.00pm

Venue

Glyndebourne (TBC)

Cost

£18 (£9 concession – applicable to unwaged families/those in receipt of benefits. Second or multiple siblings in the same family will be charged the discounted rate.)

Age

14 – 19yrs


Get A Move On:  Stage Fighting

This one day workshop will be an introduction to the basic concepts and techniques of Unarmed Combat for the stage. Fight director Philip d’Orléans has worked throughout Europe and America in world-renowned companies such as the Royal Shakespeare Company, Royal Opera House, English National Opera and Glyndebourne alongside regular teaching commitments at RADA, Drama Studio London and other drama schools and universities. 

With a strong focus on the safety principles which underpin all professional fight work, you will cover a variety of slaps and punches, and how to strangle a partner to death safely. The day will finish with a choreographed, paired, fight sequence, and the opportunity to show your work to the group.

Dates

15 September

Times

10.00am – 4.00pm

Venue

Glyndebourne (Hub Studio)

Cost

£18 (£9 concession – applicable to unwaged families/those in receipt of benefits. Second or multiple siblings in the same family will be charged the discounted rate.)

Age

14 – 19yrs


Get A Move On:  Explore Animal Movement

A day of exploring animal movement with choreographer and director  Denni Sayers, who works regularly in opera houses across the world including the Royal Opera House, English National Opera and Glyndebourne. In this workshop you will focus on movement through the lens of the animal kingdom. When film animators create animal characters they closely observe how those animals move, and then combine the animal movements with human emotions to create characters we all love. You will start with exploring how the different joints in the human body move, and then look at how animals have joints that work differently.

From there you will create your own characters and tell their stories through movement. Please bring along photographs of animals whose movements you would like to explore. Wear clothes you can roll, run, leap and lie around in, and flat shoes (trainers or similar).

Dates

29 September

Times

10.00am – 4.00pm

Venue

Glyndebourne (Hub Studio)

Cost

£18 (£9 concession – applicable to unwaged families/those in receipt of benefits. Second or multiple siblings in the same family will be charged the discounted rate.)

Age

9 – 13yrs


Mini-Intensive – Wild Things

Using Where the Wild Things Are (the Maurice Sendak picture book and the opera composed by Oliver Knussen) as a starting point, Glyndebourne Youth Opera will create their own stories of wildness, adventure and imagination, of anger and reconciliation.

Introducing the remarkable musical world of Oliver Knussen’s opera will inspire new ideas about what opera can be and will encourage the creation of new music. Over three days participants will be encouraged to explore, play, make and at times go wild. Participants will examine what escape means to them, and to use this a starting point for creation.

Working with Director Lucy Bradley, Composer Sam Glazer, Designer Ana Ines Jabarés-Pita and Movement Director Laura Caldow, participants will write, compose and perform ideas for their very own piece about their emotions and the wild places they escape to, to get away from them.

Dates

29 – 31 October

Times

10.00am – 4.00pm each day

Venue

Performing Arts Centre, East Sussex College, Lewes

Cost

£36 (£18 concession – applicable to unwaged families/those in receipt of benefits. Second or multiple siblings in the same family will be charged the discounted rate.)

Age

9 – 19yrs


developing the male voice

Explore the fundamentals of nurturing & developing the male voice over this course of four sessions led by vocal specialist and music director Travis Baker. Suitable for unchanged, changed and changing male voices, you’ll work on vocal technique including anatomy and physiology of the voice and the application of technique to appropriate repertoire. 

Discovering music from multiple genres, including folk, indigenous, musical theatre & contemporary choral music, you will learn how to produce vocal qualities suitable to each style. You’ll leave with a better understanding of your own vocal facility and a toolbox of techniques to help you in all your singing, not only in a choral environment.

Travis Baker is Director of Music for The Bromley Boy Singers, works with the boys of Westminster Abbey and regularly collaborates with Glyndebourne’s Education Department.

Dates

7 November, 14 November, 28 November and 5 December (performance)

Times

6.30pm – 9.00pm each day

Venue

TBC – Eastbourne area

Cost

£9 per session – £27 total (£13.50 concession – applicable to unwaged families/those in receipt of benefits. Second or multiple siblings in the same family will be charged the discounted rate.)

Age

9 – 19yrs


Participant quotes

‘ I enjoyed experiencing the different part of opera such as staging acting and singing’ – Let’s Make An Opera workshop participant 2018

‘Really fun and enjoyable doing new things and developing new skills.’ – Finding Your Dramatic Voice workshop participant 2018

Further details

  • Criteria – to take part you must live within a 25 mile radius of Glyndebourne and be aged between 9 – 13 years old for GYO1 workshops or 14 – 19 years old for GYO2 workshops on the day the event takes place.
If you would like to receive further details of GYO workshops and performance projects you can join the GYO mailing list and receive updates throughout the year.

For any questions regarding Glyndebourne Youth Opera please contact us any time.
E: education@glyndebourne.com
T: 01273 815023


Image credits: Header image, photo by Robert Golden

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