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In the Belly of the Horse

- Spring 2012

A fully interactive children’s opera for Key Stage 2 pupils, exploring the fantastic story that leads the Greeks to build the wooden horse.

Tim Yealland – Director
Rachel Leach – Composer

In the Belly of the Horse is a fully interactive new opera for Key Stage 2 pupils, brought to your own school hall. With music by Rachel Leach the piece explores the fantastic story that leads the Greeks to build the wooden horse. As the Greeks wait in the horse to cause havoc in Troy they tell each other stories to calm their nerves. The story is told in many different and engaging ways including acting, singing, instrumental music, dance, animated film and design.

Performed by a multi-skilled cast of 4 professional singers and 4 professional players (violin, cello, clarinet, percussion), it is fully designed and costumed. The opera is the third of three new operas based on classical myths. The piece is extremely interactive and endeavours to engage with the children on every level. Lasting an hour and a quarter, the show can work with up to about 200 pupils.

Curriculum links
In the Belly of the Horse supports various areas of the curriculum, including literacy, history, maths and science, art and design, as well as drama and music. It is suitable for pupils aged 7 to 11.

The piece is accompanied by a comprehensive teachers’ pack including stories about the Greek myths and characters, and background material as well as classroom ideas, a CD (with sheet music) of 2 songs for the pupils to learn and a special black and white, colourable, 4-page cartoon for every child, telling the story of the opera.

Video trailer

Read a review by one of the pupils

How to book
Would you like to be involved with this project? We are currently looking for schools in Buxton. If you’re from that area, and you would like us to come and perform In the Belly of the Horse at your school, please contact Alexa Carey on 020 7833 2555 or alexa.carey@englishtouringopera.org.uk.

Showing At

  1. British Museum
    8th Feb 2012 - 10:30 am
  2. British Museum
    8th Feb 2012 - 12:30 pm
  3. British Museum
    9th Feb 2012 - 10:30 am
  4. British Museum
    9th Feb 2012 - 12:30 pm
  5. Trent C of E Primary School, Barnet
    10th Feb 2012 - 10:15 am
  6. Widecombe-in-the-Moor Primary School
    22nd Mar 2012 - 10:00 am
  7. Constantine School, Truro
    26th Mar 2012 - 2:00 pm
  8. Trannack Community Primary School, Helston
    28th Mar 2012 - 1:30 pm
  9. Cheselbourne Village School
    30th Mar 2012 - 10:00 am
  10. Jubilee Hall, Aldeburgh
    14th Apr 2012 - 2:00 pm
  11. Wingfield Secondary College, Rotherham
    17th Apr 2012 - 12:00 am
  12. Twineham C of E Primary School
    20th Apr 2012 - 1:30 pm
  13. St Matthews C of E Primary, Liss
    24th Apr 2012 - 10:00 am
  14. Buxton
    27th Apr 2012 - 12:00 am
  15. Winchcombe Abbey Primary School, Cheltenham
    2nd May 2012 - 1:30 pm
  16. Charlton Kings Junior School, Cheltenham
    4th May 2012 - 1:30 pm
  17. Dorothy Goodman Special School
    10th May 2012 - 1:45 pm
  18. Harton Primary School, South Shields
    15th May 2012 - 10:15 am
  19. Oakbank Primary School, Perth
    18th May 2012 - 9:30 am
  20. Thrapston Primary School
    24th May 2012 - 1:30 pm
  1. British Museum — 8th Feb 2012 - 10:30 am

    Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3DG

  2. British Museum — 8th Feb 2012 - 12:30 pm

    Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3DG

  3. British Museum — 9th Feb 2012 - 10:30 am

    Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3DG

  4. British Museum — 9th Feb 2012 - 12:30 pm

    Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3DG

  5. Trent C of E Primary School, Barnet — 10th Feb 2012 - 10:15 am

    Barnet, EN4 9JH

  6. Widecombe-in-the-Moor Primary School — 22nd Mar 2012 - 10:00 am

    Widecombe-in-the-Moor, Newton Abbot, Devon, TQ13 7TB

  7. Constantine School, Truro — 26th Mar 2012 - 2:00 pm

    Trebarvah Road, Constantine, TR11 5AG

  8. Trannack Community Primary School, Helston — 28th Mar 2012 - 1:30 pm

    Helston, Cornwall, TR13 0DQ

  9. Cheselbourne Village School — 30th Mar 2012 - 10:00 am

    Cheselbourne, Dorchester, Dorset, DT2 7NT

  10. Jubilee Hall, Aldeburgh — 14th Apr 2012 - 2:00 pm

    Crabbe Street, Aldeburgh, Suffolk, IP15 5BN

  11. Wingfield Secondary College, Rotherham — 17th Apr 2012 - 12:00 am

    Wingfield Road, Rotherham, South Yorkshire, S61 4AU

  12. Twineham C of E Primary School — 20th Apr 2012 - 1:30 pm

    Twineham, Haywards Heath, West Sussex, RH17 5NR

  13. St Matthews C of E Primary, Liss — 24th Apr 2012 - 10:00 am

    Drift Road, Blackmoor, Liss, Hampshire, GU33 6BN

  14. Buxton — 27th Apr 2012 - 12:00 am

    SK17 6XN

  15. Winchcombe Abbey Primary School, Cheltenham — 2nd May 2012 - 1:30 pm

    Cheltenham, GL54 5PZ

  16. Charlton Kings Junior School, Cheltenham — 4th May 2012 - 1:30 pm

    Cheltenham, GL53 8QE

  17. Dorothy Goodman Special School — 10th May 2012 - 1:45 pm

    Stoke Road, Hinckley, Leicestershire, LE10 0EA

  18. Harton Primary School, South Shields — 15th May 2012 - 10:15 am

    East Avenue, South Shields, NE34 6PF

  19. Oakbank Primary School, Perth — 18th May 2012 - 9:30 am

    Viewlands Road West, Perth, PH1 1NA

  20. Thrapston Primary School — 24th May 2012 - 1:30 pm

    Kettering, Northamptonshire, NN14 4JU

Cast

Martha Jones

Martha Jones

Mezzo soprano

Martha Jones’ current and future engagements include LISETTA Il mondo della Luna, MATILDA cover Ottone English Touring Opera, GOFFREDO Rinaldo Longborough Festival and 2nd WITCH Macbeth Scottish Opera.

Most recent engagements include NANCY Albert Herring English Touring Opera, COUNTESS CEPRANO Rigoletto Opéra-Théâtre Limoges, OLGA Eugene Onegin Southbank Sinfonia, EDITH (cover) Pirates of Penzance Scottish Opera, Mahler’s Rückert Lieder New English Ballet Theatre, Recital Showcase Wigmore Hall (with Malcolm Martineau and Sir Thomas Allen), St. John’s Smith Square and St. Barbabas, as well as a recording of Schubert Romanze BBC Philharmonic (cond. Paul Daniel).

Martha studied at Durham University, as well as with Janis Kelly at the Royal College of Music International Opera School. Whilst at the RCM she received the Baroness de Turckheim award, an MBF award, the Marjorie and Dorothy Whyte Memorial Award and a Susan Chilcott Scholarship. She was also supported in her studies by the Sophie’s Silver Lining Fund and the Josephine Baker Trust. Martha was a finalist in the Great Elm Vocal Award 2010, and she was awarded prizes in the RCM Schumann Competition and the Chelsea Schubert Festival.

Martha is a Britten-Pears Young Artist and a Samling Scholar and has given recitals at St John’s Smith Square, the National Portrait Gallery and for the Ryedale Festival with Christopher Glynn.

Abigail Kelly

Abigail Kelly

Soprano

Having initially trained at Birmingham Conservatoire, Abigail completed her operatic studies at the RCS. Performances with ETO include Naiad Rusalka, Cobweb A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Despina Cosi fan tutte. As a recitalist Abigail has performed with Opera South Africa and the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra as well as solo recitals at St John Smith Square and across the Caribbean. Abigail’s work includes roles in many children’s operas including the award winning Laika the Spacedog. Abigail is grateful to the Peter Moores Foundation, English Touring Opera and Chris Ball for bursaries to further her professional development.

Edward Lee

Edward Lee

Tenor

Maciek O'Shea

Maciek O'Shea

Bass

Maciek studied History at UCL and voice at GSMD. Operatic engagements include: Don Giovanni Don Giovanni (Opera Up Close) Mr Fox Fantastic Mr Fox (Opera Holland Park), Crebillon/Rabonier La Rondine (OHP), Mars Orpheus in the Underworld (OHP), Fiorello Il barbiere di Siviglia (Hand Made Opera), Roger Ciboulette (University College Opera). Previous roles with ETO include: Korolev/Nikolai Laika the Spacedog, Zaretsky Eugene Onegin, Farmer Bean Fantastic Mr Fox, Dr Spinelloccio Gianni Schicchi, Theseus covered and played Midsummer Night’s Dream, First Priest & Second Armed Man covered and played Magic Flute, Gamekeeper Rusalka, Zuniga La tragedie de Carmen.

Crew

Mark Simmons

Mark Simmons

Clarinet

Jonny Raper

Jonny Raper

Percussion

Vladimir Naumov

Vladimir Naumov

Violin

Ben Davies

Ben Davies

Cello

Ruth Paton

Ruth Paton

Designer

Jude Munden

Jude Munden

Horse Designer

Jude Munden worked as a secondary school art teacher before becoming a self employed maker and designer specialising in costume, props and puppets. She works from a workshop on a barge on the Penryn river, which she shares with her husband Alan who is a set designer and furniture maker. Jude has made and designed work for Miracle Theatre Company, Shallal Dance Company, Trifle Gathering, Cube Theatre, Wild West Film, Bedrock Films as well as ETO. She also makes models and other random objects for public institutions such as the Eden Project. Jude lives in Falmouth with her husband and three children.

Babis Alexiadis

Babis Alexiadis

Animator

Sarah Lenton

Sarah Lenton

Illustrator

Katharina Houy

Katharina Houy

Stage Manager

Showing At

  1. British Museum
    8th Feb 2012 - 10:30 am
  2. British Museum
    8th Feb 2012 - 12:30 pm
  3. British Museum
    9th Feb 2012 - 10:30 am
  4. British Museum
    9th Feb 2012 - 12:30 pm
  5. Trent C of E Primary School, Barnet
    10th Feb 2012 - 10:15 am
  6. Widecombe-in-the-Moor Primary School
    22nd Mar 2012 - 10:00 am
  7. Constantine School, Truro
    26th Mar 2012 - 2:00 pm
  8. Trannack Community Primary School, Helston
    28th Mar 2012 - 1:30 pm
  9. Cheselbourne Village School
    30th Mar 2012 - 10:00 am
  10. Jubilee Hall, Aldeburgh
    14th Apr 2012 - 2:00 pm
  11. Wingfield Secondary College, Rotherham
    17th Apr 2012 - 12:00 am
  12. Twineham C of E Primary School
    20th Apr 2012 - 1:30 pm
  13. St Matthews C of E Primary, Liss
    24th Apr 2012 - 10:00 am
  14. Buxton
    27th Apr 2012 - 12:00 am
  15. Winchcombe Abbey Primary School, Cheltenham
    2nd May 2012 - 1:30 pm
  16. Charlton Kings Junior School, Cheltenham
    4th May 2012 - 1:30 pm
  17. Dorothy Goodman Special School
    10th May 2012 - 1:45 pm
  18. Harton Primary School, South Shields
    15th May 2012 - 10:15 am
  19. Oakbank Primary School, Perth
    18th May 2012 - 9:30 am
  20. Thrapston Primary School
    24th May 2012 - 1:30 pm

Your Comments

  1. I took my Year 3 class to see English Touring Opera’s performance of In the Belly of the Horse at the British Museum. I just want to thank the company for such a wonderful experience. I was hugely impressed by the quality of the production and the children were totally enthralled and inspired by it. As well as complementing our History work on Ancient Greece, it was such a unique and special opportunity for the children to be part of a real opera. Every single one of them thought it was fabulous and I am sure they will never forget it.

    Said Daniel A. at 16:48pm on 20th Feb 2012

  2. I didn't know what to expect at the opera, I thought it was going to be boring because I didn't think I liked opera. But when I got there I thought it was really good and I really enjoyed it.

    Said Pupil (Year 5), Harton Primary School at 14:28pm on 30th May 2012

  3. The singing was exquisite and the opera was really inspiring. The singers were so inspiring I might be an opera singer when I'm older. The singing was loud and echoed through the church like a butterfly fluttering through the sky.

    Said Pupil (Year 5), Harton Primary School at 14:29pm on 30th May 2012

  4. If I hear about any other performance by the ETO I will definitely, positively be there, for the simple reason that it will probably be fantastic'

    Said Pupil (Year 4), Harton Primary School at 14:29pm on 30th May 2012

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