It's exciting to hear that Duchy Opera's youngest singer, Becky Scamp,
has been accepted to sing in the 'National Youth Training Choir South'.
The NYCGB is the family of choirs for outstanding young singers, and those with outstanding potential in the UK. It is comprised of eight choirs for young people between the ages of 8 and 25.
She will be on a residential course in Reading at Easter ending with a concert at Coventry Cathedral.
The Summer residential course will be in Truro School with the concert at the end of the week being held in Truro Cathedral on Saturday 15th August,
Brilliant session with Cornwall Learning today at The 2nd Cornwall Music Education Hub conference in Wadebridge. A roomful of very friendly delegates joined in an enthusiastic rendition of the Toreador Song, and participated in the first public airing of Paul Drayton's very funny Opera Song. Thanks to Tanya Moore and Nicola Cawrse from CL, and all the hard-working Duchy Opera School Run singers.
On November 29th we are holding a Masterclass in Truro School Chapel. It will be led by Richard Jackson, and will be an opportunity for singers of all voices to work on the performance and interpretation of their own selected pieces, whether for audition, as preparation for recitals or just as a learning experience. Richard has many years' experience of working with singers in Opera, Lieder and Classical English song at many levels at establishments such as the Royal College of Music. Currently he is directing our opera The Elixir of Love. This is a great opportunity to gain from his knowledge and skills, and to enhance your performance.
Entry fee £20 half hour session - two prepared pieces - and observation of the whole day's masterclasses. Observers will be welcome at £5. For more details please Contact Us.
Gwinear School pupils enjoyed their Creative Arts Day at the Eden Project in January when they travelled to St Austell to take part in a "musical extravaganza". The South West Arts Award Conference was held at the Eden Project and pupils were invited to join in a "celebration of the arts".
Creative workshops held by industry professionals saw half the children work with Duchy Opera to reproduce dancing and singing based on the Spanish Toreador Song (music from "Carmen"). The other half worked with dance professional, Sarah Waller, to create group pieces based around the theme of pirates.
Chair of governors, Cathy Woolcock, said: “I thoroughly enjoyed the opera workshop and would highly recommend it to anyone. The children were completely absorbed by the task in hand and concentrated for the whole hour, which was most impressive.” Read more from West Briton here.
Arts head: Mark Tinkler, English Pocket Opera Company
The artistic director sees opera as a learning tool and believes that schools, not hubs, need to be the main deliverer of music education.
In this interesting article in today's Guardian he describes what Pocket Opera is doing in schools and exposes the dearth of music education. He says: "At the very core of our mission is the belief that music has the power to transform lives and communities." English Pocket Opera Company works with up to 50,000 children a year. (2012 figure)