We want to share our passion for opera with as many people as possible.
Forging partnerships helps us do this and we enjoy rich creative relationships with a wide range of partners. As committed collaborators, we believe in working together to share ideas and problem solve as a community, across generations.
At Glyndebourne our mission is to create extraordinary operatic experiences. In developing partnerships we take an open and inventive approach to unite our aims with those of our partners and create projects that deliver significant benefits to the communities, artists and individuals we engage with.
We work closely with Music Education Hubs in East Sussex and Brighton & Hove, contributing on a strategic level to develop and improve singing and vocal provision for young people in the region, and working together to deliver activity in support of our shared aims.
Through our residencies programme we are developing partnerships with Hubs around our Tour venues.
We work in partnership with universities and higher education institutions in Sussex and across our residencies to provide access to Glyndebourne expertise and opera insight for students across a range of disciplines, and to develop and contribute to research linked to Learning & Engagement themes.
Jukebox Opera is an exciting new collaborative project between Glyndebourne and Norwich University of the Arts. Focusing on productions which were scheduled to appear in Glyndebourne’s 2020 Tour (Madama Butterfly and The Magic Flute), the project planned for six opera arias to be reinterpreted as music videos. The six films would be developed and directed by students from NUA’s Film and Moving Image degree course, supported by NUA staff. The films would work as stand-alone pieces – needing no prior knowledge of opera – but inspiring viewers to find out more about the wider work. NUA students initially took part in a workshop with an opera director and singers, designed to introduce the works and enhance their understanding of the narrative and drama within each piece. After the workshop, students split into teams, taking on the roles of Producer, Director, Cinematographer, Production Designer, Editor and Sound recordist. The teams developed their ideas before pitching to a panel and the six strongest interpretations were greenlit
Working with the support of NUA tutors, the six teams developed and delivered pre-visualisations, a director’s statement, budget, and a schedule for production & delivery. Due to COVID the production phase of the project has been put on hold pending the lifting of lockdown restrictions later in the year.
Each year Glyndebourne delivers workshops for PGCE students in partnership with Universities near Glyndebourne and in our residency areas.
Students are invited to attend a Tour performance and a creative workshop based on the repertoire. The workshop picks up on elements of the Glyndebourne production and brings together directors, singers and musicians to work with the students in engaging with aspects of performance and creative approaches. In addition to raising awareness of the art form, the workshops help with voice projection, confidence in standing up in front of a class and audience, working collaboratively, taking risks and introducing innovative creative and engaging starting points to classroom teaching and learning. In 2019 the programme included students from the following courses:
- University of Brighton – PGCE Art & Design
- University of Sussex – PGCE Music and PGCE Drama
- Canterbury Christ Church University – PGCE Music
- John Moores University – PGCE Music, PGCE Drama and PGCE Dance
- University of East Anglia – PGCE Modern Foreign Languages and PGCE English
“I feel very privileged to have been a part of today […] opera is an incredible means of bringing people together” – UoS PGCE student 2019
“It will inform how I engage children with forms of music thought to be inaccessible to them” – CCCU PGCE student 2019
Photo by Kate Simner
Photo by James Bellorini
Each summer Glyndebourne and the University of Brighton collaborate to offer an artist residency for two PGCE Art & Design students. The selected students are granted exclusive access to Glyndebourne – its performances, grounds, staff and rehearsal rooms – and are invited to create an artistic response to their experiences. The residency gives students a chance to create work in their own right as an artist, free from expectations of output, and to take the knowledge and confidence gained into their teaching career.
2020 was a very different year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but two students, Polly Baker and Laura Andrews were still able to watch the outdoor performances, online festival and spend time in the gardens, supported by Head Gardener Kevin Martin. In response they created wonderful work which was exhibited in Glyndebourne’s online Gallery 94, selling out all the artworks they submitted. In addition they created beautiful prompts for young people enrolled in Glyndebourne’s Arts Award at Home scheme. Polly and Laura have now graduated and we wish them every success as they embark on their teaching careers. You can read more about Polly and Laura’s experience here and see examples of their work too.