A collaboration between Into Opera and four Norfolk primary schools, this project culminated in a world premiere of A King’s Ransom, an operatic piece specifically written for 7-11 year olds by the composer, Patrick Hawes.

The story, based on the tale of Robin Hood, explores alternative endings – what happens if Robin doesn’t save the day…

Officially launched on Tuesday 19th September, A King’s Ransom provided a great introduction to opera for the participants; over 15 weeks key stage two pupils worked regularly with the composer, librettist, orchestra, stage director, designer and choreographer, and then performed the opera in OPEN, a Norwich venue, on the 1st and 2nd of February 2018.

In addition, the schools taking part (Avenue Junior School. St George’s Primary, Sprowston Junior and St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Primary) used this experience to contribute to their Arts Mark and Arts Awards.

To read a report about the launch event please click here.

Some pictures from the event:

To hear what the schools thought about the project, read their blog here.

The EDP review can be found here.

BBC Look East did a feature too – watch it here.

Images by Peter Marsh of Darkling Images.

This project is now completed.

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