Opera Stars In Wimbledon Schools

Pupils get chance to explore live music

Wimbledon youngsters will be enjoying live opera in their school when Pavilion Opera perform Rossini's, 'The Barber of Seville'.

The performances will take place in the hall of a host primary school, with pupils from nearby schools also invited.

Children will be bought as close as possible to the performance and will be given the chance to meet the cast and musicians to discuss the characters and story.

Registered charity, Pavilion Opera Educational Trust (POET), works with local authorities to provide primary school children with the opportunity to explore music, drama and history.

They have performed 263 shows to more than 32,900 children in 570 schools. Past performances include Don Carlos, Don Giovanni, Carmen, L'Elisir d'Amore, Lucia di Lammermoor, The Magic Flute, The Marriage of Figaro, Il Trovatore and Rigoletto. This will be their third visit to Merton.

POET programme co-ordinator Freddie Stockdale said: "Not only does our programme of introducing opera to young people help address the Government's mandate to provide five hours of culture into the school curriculum, but we believe it has significant long term effects on the cultural development of future generations."

The Merton schools hosting the opera at various dates in June and July are: Links, Wimbledon; Wimbledon Park; Abbotsbury, Morden; The Sherwood, Mitcham; Wimbledon Chase. Each will be attended by pupils from two or three other schools.

May 27, 2012