This week the music department was visited by the Welsh National Opera. Students had a 45 minute workshop introducing them to a world of opera! We were then invited to the Theatre Royal to watch one of their Schools Concerts.
These are aimed at Key Stages 2-4, providing the opportunity for young people to experience a live professional orchestral concert. With concerts designed in line with National Curriculum it was the perfect way to introduce young people to opera and classical music.
The Radio 3 presenter, Tom Redmond together with the full WNO Orchestra and singers guided us through a selection of popular favourites from the world of opera, film and TV.
For many, this concert was the first time students had visited a theatre to hear a live orchestra, giving them an intense and inspiring new musical experience.
At the heart of the event was a unique opportunity for us to sing ‘Evening Prayer’ from Hansel and Gretel, a famous piece of operatic repertoire accompanied by WNO Orchestra, which 90 students had learnt this week in their music lessons.
It was such a fun and informal concert; the ideal way to learn about classical music, sing with the orchestra and to see what goes into creating an opera.
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