Donations by members of the Friends of the ENO raised £19,000 towards the March events by ENO's Opera Squad. This is ENO's learning and participation programme which takes orchestra and singers into schools to introduce young people from a wide range of backgrounds to live classical music and opera. During March 2013, over 3,600 students from 17 Primary and Secondary schools in Brent, Ealing, Kensington & Chelsea and Hammersmith & Fulham heard ENO’s orchestra perform extracts from The Magic Flute conducted by ENO’s Head of Music, Martin Fitzpatrick, with three singers from ENO’s talent development schemes, Charles Rice as Papagano, Natalie Montakhab as Papagena and Nazxan Fikret as Queen of the Night. Following the visit, trust & foundations supporters provide tickets to ENO Dress Rehearsals at the London Coliseum, giving young people and their teachers the opportunity to experience live opera at no cost. You can find further information at the ENO Opera Squad website, with learning resources for schools at http://www.operasquad.com/. There is a video of the Opera Squad in action after the break.
ENO Opera Squad from English National Opera on Vimeo.
Elsewhere on this blog:
- Gaelle Arques and James Baillieu recital
- Cherubini - Lodoiska - CD review
- Rustem Hayroudinoff recital
- Lawrence Brownlee - CD review
- Sunken Garden - ENO
- Veronique Gens and Julius Drake
- Alessio Bax plays Mozart - CD review
- CLoSer - Poulenc and Paris
- Giles Swayne - Stations of the Cross - CD review
- The Sixteen - Choral Pilgrimage
- Poeme d'un Jour -Ailyn Perez - CD review
- Charles Jennens: the man behind Handel's Messiah