Education

Our award-winning education department delivers about 250 workshops and interactive performances each year for nearly 10,000 people of every age and ability.
The scope of our work includes residential in-school projects, commissioned new operas for young people, full-scale community operas, and creative work for people with dementia. We are open to every kind of new opportunity and collaboration, and if at all possible work hard to make even the most ambitious dreams become reality.
For more information contact: Tim Yealland (Head of Education) or Talia Lash (Education and Community Coordinator).

Our award-winning opera for children and families, Laika the Spacedog is now available to watch online – just click the image below to start. To find out how you can support similar education projects, please click here or contact David Burgess (Head of Partnerships and Development).

Current Projects

Stepping onto the Moon

Stepping onto the Moon

A unique opportunity to explore the real world of opera and how it is produced

A series of free workshops aimed at secondary school students, exploring the world of opera and how it is produced.

Shackleton's Cat

Shackleton's Cat

A new opera for primary schools based on the famous story of Antarctic survival

A new opera in Spring 2015 for primary schools and families, based on the famous story of Antarctic survival a century ago.

Waxwings

Waxwings

A new opera for young people with learning needs in Spring 2015

A new opera for young people with learning needs in Spring 2015.

La boheme

La boheme

Take part in ETO's professional production of one of the greatest operas of all time

Take part in ETO's professional production of one of the greatest operas of all time.

National Portrait Gallery

National Portrait Gallery

Songs from the Gallery: a musical theatre workshop for primary schools

English Touring Opera and National Portrait Gallery collaborate once more to inspire brand new musical theatre composition with primary schools.

Further Projects

Piotr - the Angel of Mons

Piotr - the Angel of Mons

Chipping Sodbury students create a new opera set during the first days of World War I

ETO's third collaboration with schools in Chipping Sodbury sees students creating a new opera set during the first days of World War I

Skyriders

Skyriders

Ealing students work on a new film and opera about a child’s solo flight to Rome

In this third major project with John Chilton Special School, over 40 students will produce a new opera and film based on a schoolchild’s successful attempt to fly to Rome without a ticket or passport.

Edenbridge

Edenbridge

A new opera written with the pupils of Reay School along with Oasis and Vauxhall Schools and adults

A new opera written with the pupils of Reay School along with Oasis and Vauxhall Schools and adults in Lambeth.

Zeppelin Dreams

Zeppelin Dreams

A new community opera about a forgotten episode in the history of Wolverhampton

A new community opera created in partnership with Wolverhampton Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton Music Education Hub and many local groups and schools from Wolverhampton.

Rumbled

Rumbled

A new opera for children under 5 and their families

A new interactive opera for children under 5 and their families, based on the famous German fairy tale.

Borka the Goose with No Feathers

Borka the Goose with No Feathers

A new opera based on the classic children's book by John Burningham

A new opera based on the classic children's book by John Burningham (published by Jonathan Cape).

Turtle Song

Turtle Song

A project for dementia sufferers and their carers, in collaboration with Turtle Key Arts.

An opportunity for people with Alzheimer's or dementia to sing and compose their own songs with professional musicians. The project is a collaboration with Turtle Key Arts and the Royal College of Music.

Visual to Vocal

Visual to Vocal

Turtle Song at the Dulwich Picture Gallery

A new project for people living with dementia and their carers, in partnership with Turtle Key Arts and the Royal College of Music.

Offshore

Offshore

A new opera created with Victoria Education Centre and Poole High School

Students from Victoria Education Centre and Poole High School create a new opera based on Shakespeare's The Tempest.

Dark Matter

Dark Matter

ETO creates a new opera with students from four schools in South Gloucestershire

Ancient myth and modern science collide in this week-long series of workshops and performances with students from four primary and secondary schools in South Gloucestershire.

MADD Day 2013

MADD Day 2013

A day of cross-cultural creative art in Chingford

A day of cross-cultural creative art forms for 240 Year 9 students in Chingford Foundation School, with something for everyone

The Orpheus Particle

The Orpheus Particle

ETO returns to South Gloucestershire after the success of Severn Stories in 2011

A group of students from Marlwood Secondary School in Thornbury and New Siblands School in Alveston works with English Touring Opera to create a new opera about science and Greek myth.

Laika in Lambeth

Laika in Lambeth

A new opera written with the children of Reay Primary School

A new opera devised in partnership with Reay School, involving five Key Stage 2 classes and over 175 children.

Spin

Spin

A brand new opera for young people with severe learning difficulties

ETO's fourth project aimed at young people with profound learning difficulties, generously supported by the Equitable Charitable Trust.

The Rise and Fall Of...

The Rise and Fall Of...

An opera written in a week, in collaboration with Hackney Empire

An opera written in a week, in collaboration with Hackney Empire.

Opera Mix

Opera Mix

An overview of our education projects from January-July 2013

School residencies and other projects involving young people from London and the South West due to take place in the first half of 2013.

Laika the Spacedog

Laika the Spacedog

A new opera for Key Stage 2 children which toured the country in the Spring of 2013

New opera for children and families, telling the story of the first dog in orbit through music, puppetry and filmed animation. Winner of the Armel Opera Festival 2013.

Into the Blue

Into the Blue

A project in partnership with Sir Tom Finney Community High School in Preston

A new opera created with the students and staff of Sir Tom Finney Community High School in Preston, one of ETO's longest standing partnerships.

Towards an Unknown Port

Towards an Unknown Port

A new song-cycle by English composer Helen Chadwick

A new song-cycle by English composer Helen Chadwick

Parallel

Parallel

A collaboration with Salisbury Playhouse

Salisbury Playhouse welcomes the Olympic Torch to Salisbury with a new piece of musical theatre

MADD day at Chingford School

MADD day at Chingford School

A day of cross-cultural creative art forms for 240 Year-9 students

A day of cross-cultural creative art forms for 240 Year 9 students in Chingford School, with something for everyone

Under the Hill

Under the Hill

A new opera created with 50 students from three schools in Chipping Sodbury, South Gloucestershire

A new opera created with 50 students from three schools in Chipping Sodbury, South Gloucestershire

RedBlueGreen at the Luxembourg Philharmonie

RedBlueGreen at the Luxembourg Philharmonie

ETO’s second residency in the city.

The Philharmonie in Luxembourg hosts our highly interactive, multi-sensory opera for infants and children with profound learning difficulties and special needs.

Thief in the Night

Thief in the Night

A new opera written with teenagers from John Chilton School in Ealing

ETO is collaborating once more with the staff and students at John Chilton School in Ealing to create a new opera in the summer term of 2012.

The Feathered Ogre

The Feathered Ogre

A new piece for children aged 4 to 7

The Feathered Ogre is a new piece for children aged 4 to 7, and is an introduction to the instruments of the orchestra, and to singing, through a famous Italian folktale.

RedBlueGreen

RedBlueGreen

An opera for infants and children with special needs

RedBlueGreen is a highly interactive, multi-sensory opera for infants and children with profound learning difficulties and special needs.

In the Belly of the Horse

In the Belly of the Horse

In the Belly of the Horse returns by popular demand

A fully interactive children's opera for Key Stage 2 pupils, exploring the fantastic story that leads the Greeks to build the wooden horse.<br><br>Tim Yealland - Director<br>Rachel Leach - Composer

2012 Children's Tour

2012 Children's Tour

In the Belly of the Horse, The Feathered Ogre, and RedBlueGreen

Introducing three operas for children of all ages and abilities in a national tour of schools in the UK in 2012.

Spirit Level

Spirit Level

A man appears on a beach, wet and speechless. Who is he, and where is he from?

An exciting collaboration with The Freewheelers Theatre Company leading to performance at The Leatherhead Theatre, Surrey

Mad Spirits

Mad Spirits

A community project exploring the magical world of A Midsummer Night's Dream

A new creative project based on The Fairy Queen, involving 80 students from North London secondary schools

Turtle Song, Cambridge

Turtle Song, Cambridge

A project for dementia sufferers and their carers, in collaboration with Turtle Key Arts and Clare C

An opportunity for people with Alzheimer’s or dementia and their companions to sing and compose their own songs with professional musicians. The project is a collaboration with Turtle Key Arts, and also with the Royal College of Music.

Dream in HMP Channings Wood

Dream in HMP Channings Wood

A residency with HMP Channings Wood in Devon

A residency with HMP Channings Wood in Devon

Severn Stories

Severn Stories

A new opera combining seven tales about the River Severn

Students from Marlwood School and New Siblands School combine to make a new opera about the River Severn

Midnight Moon at the Philharmonie Luxembourg

Midnight Moon at the Philharmonie Luxembourg

Three new international dates

The Philharmonie in Luxembourg hosts our interactive piece for young people with profound learning difficulties and special needs

Random Numbers

Random Numbers

A new opera written with teenagers from John Chilton School, Ealing

A story about a lost and found lottery ticket and the moral dilemma that ensues

Beyond the Door of the Den

Beyond the Door of the Den

A new children’s opera created for the Shaldon Festival, June 2011

A two-day workshop for key stage 2 pupils, drawing on elements from Fantastic Mr Fox and culminating in a public performance.

The Fox and the Moon

The Fox and the Moon

A multi-sensory workshop for children with profound learning difficulties and special needs

A multi-sensory workshop for children with profound learning difficulties and special needs

Basest Beggars

Basest Beggars

A project with secondary schools in Barnet, based on King Lear.

A project with secondary schools in Barnet, based on King Lear, and leading to performance at artsdepot.

Christmas Frost

Christmas Frost

A new opera for children written in collaboration with the entire primary school of North Elmham in

A new opera for children written in collaboration with the entire primary school of North Elmham in Norfolk.

Lear

Lear

A residency with HMP Channings Wood in Devon.

A residency with HMP Channings Wood in Devon.

Autumn 2010 projects

Autumn 2010 projects

General education projects in Autumn 2010.

Our general education projects taking place during Autumn 2010.

Fox Tales

Fox Tales

Buy a copy of Foxtales and support ETO's education programme

*Support ETO's education programme by buying a copy of Foxtales.* Available for £4 at all performances of Fantastic Mr Fox or for £4+P&P by emailing alexa.hills@englishtouringopera.org.uk

The Wansdyke Opera

The Wansdyke Opera

A new opera in collaboration with two schools in Bath

We are working with two schools in Bath to create an innovative new opera in the summer of 2010 based on the story of the ancient Wansdyke earthwork that connects the two schools and continues 40 miles beyond.

Riding to the Erlking

Riding to the Erlking

A recreation of the Gothic and Germanic world of Goethe and Schubert’s Erlking

We will work with students to create a new opera that explores the dark and fantastic world of the famous poem, and the strange events that lead to the dramatic ride through the wild Bavarian forest at night.

The Midnight Moon

The Midnight Moon

An opera for children with profound learning difficulties and special needs

The Midnight Moon is a workshop based on the story and music of Britten’s opera A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and looks in particular at the story of the fairies.

The Starry Welkin

The Starry Welkin

An introdution to instruments of the orchestra and to Shakespeare

The Starry Welkin is a new piece for children aged 4 to 7, and is an introduction to the instruments of the orchestra, to singing, and to Shakespeare.

In the Belly of the Horse

In the Belly of the Horse

Interactive opera for Key Stage 2 pupils

In the Belly of the Horse is a new fully interactive children's opera for Key Stage 2 pupils, exploring the fantastic story that leads the Greeks to build the wooden horse.

According to Handel

According to Handel

A performance-based workshop featuring 5 leading artists

Lasting just over an hour, this workshop is set on this particular day and is performed in character. Featuring arias and instrumental music from Teseo.

Jack & the Beanstalk

Jack & the Beanstalk

Engaging with Key Stage 1

Jack & the Beanstalk was performed by three singers and twelve players from English Touring Opera in this fabulous retelling of the story for Key Stage 1 pupils.

One Day, Two Dawns

One Day, Two Dawns

Winner of RPS Music Award, Education 2009

Winner of RPS Music Award, Education 2009

Voices of the Future

Voices of the Future

You Can Only Dream

ETO brought 20 pupils with special needs to perform their own exciting new work on stage at the Royal Opera House.

Speakout!

Speakout!

with Corbets Tey School

Speakout was a brand new opera written by the students of Corbets Tey Special School, working alongside professionals from ETO. The piece involved every single child in the school performing on stage at the Queens Theatre in Hornchurch

A House on the Moon

A House on the Moon

Celebrating the diversity of the West Midlands

A House on the Moon was a new opera in Wolverhampton, working with different communities, and celebrating the diversity of the West Midlands, and performed at the Grand Theatre in June 2007.

Crossing the Styx

Crossing the Styx

Crossing the Styx was the first of a trilogy of operas for primary schools, looking at old classical

Crossing the Styx was the first of a trilogy of curriculum-linked operas for primary schools, looking at old classical myths in new and unexpected ways.

One Breath

One Breath

Major collaboration with 200 people of every age and ability in Sheffield and Doncaster in 2005

This major collaboration with 200 people of every age and ability in Sheffield and Doncaster in 2005 saw us perform a new opera on the largely forgotten site where Mary Queen of Scots was imprisoned for 11 years.

Opus Operandi

Opus Operandi

Opus Operandi is our ongoing project for secondary schools

Opus Operandi is our ongoing project for secondary schools, introducing and exploring repertoire creatively and engagingly.

Red Riding Hood

Red Riding Hood

A short piece for players and actors based on the famous story

Red Riding Hood was a short piece for players and actors based on the famous story, and written for younger children as an engaging introduction to orchestral instruments.

Ice

Ice

A new adaptation of Janacek’s Jenufa for teenagers

The opera offered an extraordinary opportunity to bring accessible and exciting opera into secondary schools.

Snakeskin

Snakeskin

Snakeskin was a multisensory workshop based on The Magic Flute.

Snakeskin was a multisensory workshop based on The Magic Flute, devised for children and students with profound and multiple learning difficulty.

Voithia!

Voithia!

The story of Icarus and the minotaur

The story of Icarus and the minotaur brought to life in a new opera for primary schools and families

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