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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 and enriched the lives of over 28,000 students. 

These performances are a unique experience – Glyndebourne’s world-famous auditorium filled with students from our local area experiencing all the emotion, spectacle and intensity of a Glyndebourne opera, full-length and fully staged. 

As well as heavily subsidised tickets for all students, you can also enjoy a range of free resources to help maximise the impact of the experience for you and your students.

Pay the Piper

Pay the Piper Ailie Robertson, Anna Appleby, Cecilia Livingston, Ninfea Cruttwell-Reade
Thursday 24 February, 11am
Suitable for age
Tickets: £6

“This is what I remember… this is what I know is true…”

The town of Hamelin had a problem with rats. It was completely over-run; they were making nests in people’s clothes and eating all the food. The people of Hamlin looked to the Mayor for a solution and then a stranger came into town offering to get rid of the rats, for a price. 

That much, everyone can agree on – after that, is another story… This story.

Pay the Piper is the first Glyndebourne Youth Opera since Belongings in 2017 and sees a chorus of 70 young people, joined by three professional singers, retell the story of the Pied Piper of Hamelin from a different perspective.

Ballot Application:

Due to reduced capacity seating, and the expected high ticket demand, we can offer each school a maximum of 40 tickets (including adults). Although we will endeavour to offer as many schools as possible the opportunity to attend the Performance for Schools, this may not be possible.

Priority in the ballot is being given to those schools who have a pupil in the chorus of Pay the Piper. 

The ballot has now closed.

Before your visit:
  • Use our Pay the Piper Teacher Pack to explore the opera ahead of your visit (coming soon).
  • Use the production-specific activity worksheets in the classroom or as homework. 
On the day:
  • Pupils will each receive a free programme with a synopsis, cast list and lots of useful information on what to watch out for.  
  • You will receive a signed poster for your classroom to remember the visit.
  • Each of your pupils will be invited to provide feedback – we love to hear their thoughts.
Arts Award at School

Glyndebourne is dedicated to introducing young people to the arts through opera. As a Trinity Champion Centre for 2021-22, we will be offering up to 120 pupils attending a Performance for Schools at Glyndebourne the chance to complete an Arts Award Discover certificate alongside their visit. 

Each student undertaking an Arts Award will have access to specially created worksheets and activities and our trained Arts Award advisors will work with them throughout. There is a small additional cost of £4 per pupil to take part in the Arts Award scheme which covers the administration of each pupil’s work plus postage of certificates. We understand that completing an Arts Award with a whole class may be unrealistic; we are happy to support as many pupils as are interested and there is no obligation for the whole class to complete and submit a portfolio. 

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Glyndebourne’s Performances for Schools are supported by The Clore Duffield Foundation, The Helen Wade Charitable Trust, plus additional donations through Glyndebourne’s New Generation Programme. 

Glyndebourne’s Learning & Engagement programme is supported using public funding by Arts Council England.

Image credits: Main image, photo by Sam Stephenson | Image by Nataila Orendain

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