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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.

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.



29 – 31 October


10.00am – 4.00pm each day


Performing Arts Centre, East Sussex College, Lewes


£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.)


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.


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


6.30pm – 9.00pm each day


Willingdon Community School, Eastbourne


£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.)


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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