~ Pupils perform celebrated opera with United Learning peers on world-class stage ~
Wednesday night, pupils from Bacon’s College took to the stage at the Copper Box Arena to perform in a fantastic production of Carmen! alongside their peers from United Learning’s national group of schools.
The pupils joined over 1,000 others for the unique performance of the ‘Choice of Don Jose’ from Bizet’s Carmen! at the Olympic Park. Their performance is the culmination of a year’s partnership between United Learning, of which Bacon’s College is a part, the Royal Opera House, The Voices Foundation and the English Pocket Opera Company.
Using the Royal Opera House’s Create and Sing learning resources and with teacher training delivered by The Voices Foundation, the pupils at Bacon’s College were introduced to opera. Over the past few months, they have immersed themselves in the world of opera, listening and learning to understand the genre, and even more impressively, delivering their very own operatic performance of Carmen!.
The colourful and energetic performance, which was staged and directed by the English Pocket Opera Company, delighted over 700 spectators including parents and guests from the world of opera, music and education. The pupils used the knowledge and skills they acquired through the rehearsal process to deliver an unforgettable performance and came away feeling proud and inspired to continue nurturing their musical abilities.
Hannah Alexander, Head of Music at Bacon’ College, said:
This experience has been amazing from start to finish! Our students have shown such enthusiasm and dedication to the performance and I couldn't be prouder. Myself and the students were delighted to be involved and it was such a joy to see so many students under one roof performing opera!
Pupil Jonathan Lavaly said:
Today was such a fun experience! I loved being a part of Carmen with the other United Learning students. I've learnt so much about Opera and singing!
Pupil Nellie-Rose Murray said:
The show was amazing and the experience was one of a kind! I loved interacting with the other united learning schools.
Ollie, a parent at Bacon’s College, said:
“The performance was fabulous – an excellent standard of theatre and a great opportunity for lots of schools to come together and do something as a community. I am very impressed.”
Another parent added:
“I thought the show was excellent – it was the first opera I’ve ever seen!”
Catherine Barker, Head of Music and Performing Arts at United Learning, said:
“All of the pupils gave a superb performance in which their new-found love of opera really shone through. The sound of 1,000 pupils singing together was mesmerising and was a true celebration of music. Congratulations to all the pupils who sang and performed magnificently and thank you to our fantastic staff for throwing themselves into this ambitious project with such enthusiasm.
“We are fortunate to have been able to partner with the Royal Opera House, The Voices Foundation and the English Pocket Opera Company for this project. With their support, expertise and resources, we were able to give our pupils the very best musical learning opportunities and plant the seeds for a lifelong love of opera and musical performance.
“Projects like these which teach pupils new skills, broaden their horizons and give them memorable experiences are part of United Learning’s commitment to deliver an Education with Character. As well as introducing our pupils to a new genre of music, this project has given them the opportunity to perform in a fantastic venue, collaborate with their peers from across the country and be part of a special celebration of talent and creativity. I am delighted that we have been able to provide this for our pupils and I look forward to seeing them build on this experience as they develop into confident, articulate and ambitious young adults.”
Photos by James Bellorini