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Will these Thetford schoolchildren get their Albert Hall chance?

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Four Thetford primary schools who performed a specially-written children’s opera on the stage of the Norwich Theatre Royal could now be in with a chance to take it to the Royal Albert Hall, in London.

Admiral’s Academy, Drake’s Primary, Bishop’s Church of England Primary and Redcastle Family Schools came together to perform ‘A Kind of Magic Flute’, as part of the Norfolk Schools Opera Project.

The 50-minute piece, which was commissioned by Norwich Theatre Royal and the Norfolk Music Hub, in association with the Come & Sing Company, was an adaptation from Mozart’s classic The Magic Flute.

The performance took place in front of an audience of around 1,300 people.

Thetford students who were involved with the Norfolk Schools Opera Project
Thetford students who were involved with the Norfolk Schools Opera Project

Now the opera project has been offered the chance to take schoolchildren from across Norfolk that participated in the opera to perform it at the Music for Youth Proms, at the Royal Albert Hall, on November 13.

A 600-strong massed ensemble will be taken to the event to perform selected highlights of the opera at the iconic concert hall.

Accompanying the choir of children will be an orchestra made up of talented young musicians from Norfolk Music Service ensembles, including the Norfolk County Strings and Norfolk County Symphonic Wind Band.

The Music for Youth Proms showcases the talent from thousands of the UK’s young musicians and presents massed ensemble performance projects, to give a snapshot of good practice in music teaching and learning taking place across the country.

The Norwich Theatre Royal has launched a fundraising campaign raising money for the cost of the experience, with Breckland councillor Stuart Terry also launching a fundraising page specifically for the Thetford pupils.

Alison Corfield, head of the music service at Norfolk Music Hub, said: “To perform at such a prestigious venue is just such an incredible opportunity for them and we cannot wait.”

To donate to the Theatre Royal’s JustGiving page, go to www.justgiving.com/campaign/norfolkm assedensemble2019

To donate to Councillor Terry’s page, go to www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/stuart-terry?utm_ter m=rgqa5aDpy