Primary schoolchildren to premiere second batch of Snappy Operas

Mahogany Opera Group has announced that premieres of the remaining five operas in its two-year Snappy Operas project will take place in March 2018.

Over the course of two years, the London-based opera company has worked with ten music education hubs to send professional composers and librettists into Primary schools to create ten new 10-minute operas. At the end of the first year, five of the operas were premiered in mass performances in Cornwall, Cumbria, North Tyneside, Norfolk and Suffolk. Performances of the remaining five operas will take place in Tower Hamlets, Leicestershire, Slough, Essex and Hull, Bridlington & Scarborough later this month with 25 schools taking part.

A key aspect of Snappy Operas is that there are no soloists and no chorus – every character is represented by a group
A key aspect of Snappy Operas is that there are no soloists and no chorus – every character is represented by a group

The operas, along with the teams that created them, are as follows:

Year One

  • The Itch Witch by Emily Hall and Toby Litt with Jubilee Opera, Aldeburgh
  • The Magical Music Tree by Luke Carver Goss and Ian McMillan with Place Farm Primary Academy, Haverhill
  • Counting Sheep by Jamie Man and Stephen Plaice with Freethorpe Community Primary School, Norwich
  • The Lighthouse Wave by Errollyn Wallen with Jericho Primary School, Whitehaven
  • The Feast That Went Off With A Bang by Ed Hughes and Peter Cant

Year Two

  • The World’s Beating Heart by Gwyneth Herbert and Seven Mills Primary School, Tower Hamlets
  • Fox-Pop by Kerry Andrew and Alderton Junior School, Loughton
  • The Machine Dream by Nathan Williamson, Zanib Mian and Bringhurst Primary School, Market Harborough
  • The Big History of Little England by Philip Venables, Ted Huffman and Surrey Square School, Southwark
  • PECK! by Stephen Deazley, Matthew Harvey and St Anthony’s Catholic Primary School, Slough

Year Two performances take place as follows:

  • Leicestershire: 22 March 2018, 6pm – Market Harborough (venue TBC)
  • Hull, Bridlington & Scarborough: 22 March 2018, 6.30pm – Bridlington Spa Theatre (YO15 3JH)
  • Slough: 26 March 2018, 6pm – Beechwood High School (SL2 1QE)
  • Tower Hamlets: 27 March 2018, 5pm – St Anne’s Limehouse (E14 7HA)
  • Essex: 28 March 2018, 5pm – Saffron Hall (CB11 4UH)

Header photo: Snappy Operas aims to give children the chance to experience the power of opera before they leave school

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