Banbury pupils treated to opera performance

Hanwell Community Primary School in Banbury were treated to a peformance by the English Pocket Opera Company last week. NNL-160229-124827001
Hanwell Community Primary School in Banbury were treated to a peformance by the English Pocket Opera Company last week. NNL-160229-124827001

Pupils at a primary school in Banbury were given the chance to enjoy opera in their very own school.

Hanwell Fields Community School hosted a performance by the English Pocket Opera Company as part of an exciting national tour which has just been launched with United Learning – the group to which the school belongs.

Pupils at the school were treated to a performance of ‘Opera Blocks’, an engaging, interactive show designed to break down the building blocks of opera. They were introduced to the three basic ingredients of opera – action, words and music – and were taught the more technical side of the music, for example the use of libretto, arias and choruses.

Alison Dodd, music teacher, said “Our school hall was transformed into a theatre as the truly talented pocket-size company held the children enthralled. In just one whirlwind hour, opera as a genre was introduced, the children performed ‘Carmen’ by Bizet and an entirely original and individual opera was devised and performed.

Flynn, who is in Year Five, said: “It couldn’t have gotten any better!” This was an amazing opportunity for all of the pupils, especially Year 4 who are currently studying opera in their music lessons”.