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Friday 18 January 2019

Snappy Operas

Ten mini-operas for young people



Each Snappy Opera is being developed by a different creative partnership working closely with groups of young people to bring stories, characters and music to life. The composers and writers involved represent some of the most exciting voices creating music and dramatic work, from leading artists to those emerging in the field.Snappy Operas is a nationwide project making opera with young people aged 7-11. Working in conjunction wth Mahogany and ten regional partner organisations, 1,500 primary school children will take part on creating and performing ten-minute works.

Snappy Operas are being written for children’s voices with a flexible accompaniment, for piano and/or extended instrumentation, with the intention that they can be learnt and performed in a single day. Alongside the work itself, young people will have the opportunity to learn about all the different crafts of making an opera, creating costumes, props, staging and more. In parallel to the creation of each piece, we will be running a programme of professional development and training for school teachers, music and drama practitioners from each region to share skills and knowledge.

The ten Snappy Operas are being developed in two cycles over three years, with mass performances in spring 2017 and 2018. Following the completion of all ten works, we will publish them along with learning resources. This will enable Snappy Operas to be performed by even more young people, creating an enduring resource and addition to repertoire for young people.

We’ll be following each Snappy Operas as it develops, so keep an eye out for blogs, videos, discussions and more over the coming months.

Year One's Snappy Operas:

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's Snappy Operas:

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 Bringhusrt 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

Partner Organisations

2016/17: The Apex, Cornwall Music Education Hub, Jubilee Opera, Norfolk Music Service, North Tyneside Music Education Hub, Suffolk County Music Service, Rosehill Theatre.

2017/18 Essex Music Services, DRET Hull, Bridlington and Scarborough, Leicester-shire Music Hub, Tower Hamlets Arts and Music Service (THAMES), Slough Music Service.

Project Supporters

Michael Tippett Musical Foundation, PRS for Music Foundation, Arts Council England's Catalyst: Evolve, The Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust, Lucille Graham Trust 

Image: James Berry


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