Thetford schools to perform in Norfolk opera project
Four Thetford primary schools are getting ready to perform a specially-written children’s opera on the stage of the Norwich Theatre Royal on Sunday.
Admiral’s Academy, Drake's Primary, Bishop’s Church of England Primary and Redcastle Family School will be coming together to perform 'A Kind of Magic Flute', as part of the Norfolk Schools Opera Project.
In addition to the chance to perform to an audience of up to 1,300 people, the young musicians who are also involved in the project have been able to experience putting together a recording of the score.
The newly-commissioned 50-minute-long children’s opera is adapted from Mozart’s classic The Magic Flute.
The piece has been commissioned by Norwich Theatre Royal and the Norfolk Music Hub, in association with the Come & Sing Company and will include traditional elements, as well as modern influences such as salsa.
John Simpson-Wedge, the Theatre Royal’s learning and education manager, said: “The Norfolk Schools Opera Project and has been expanded out to reach more schools and have greater impact on participants than previously.
"We are very excited to be growing this much-loved programme and can’t wait to share the results of everyone’s hard work.”
Leading up to the performance, the four schools have been working on their own act for the opera under the watchful eye of a director and a vocal trainer.
The project will have a lasting legacy in the form of a resource pack which is being put together by the Theatre Royal with supporting music to be used as an education aid tied into the National Curriculum.