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

Three groups from Hendon School and St Mary’s High School in Barnet created new responses to Purcell’s The Fairy Queen, which were performed twice at artsdepot in Finchley in October 2011.

A number of creative workshops also took place in September and October, and the students attended ETO’s opening performance of The Fairy Queen at the Britten Theatre, Royal College of Music. The story took ideas from A Midsummer Night’s Dream and reinvented them: Titania and Oberon became a couple in charge of a sinister institute researching the medical benefits of flowers.

Some 75 students took part in the project, from years 7, 8, and 9. For many this was their first time on stage, and for everyone it was their first opera project. Singer Abigail Kelly and actor Tom Adams performed alongside the students as Titania and Oberon. Composer Rachel Leach wrote the original music. Moses Powers’ photographic images, created with the students, provided a powerful backdrop to the action.

The project was very much a partnership both with Barnet Music Service and with the schools involved, and in particular with their fantastic staff: Belinda Chapple, Kimberley Matthews and Michael Humphreys.

Ed Vaizey, the Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries, described this project as ‘superb’.

Kevin McKellar, the Head Teacher of Hendon School, wrote: ‘It was an enriching, empowering, harmonising experience for all concerned.’ (please download the attachment on the left-hand side of this page to read Kevin’s full letter).

This project would not have been possible without a very generous grant from John Lyon’s Charity.

Images by Moses Powers

Showing At

  1. artsdepot
    19th Oct 2011 - 2:00 pm
  2. artsdepot
    19th Oct 2011 - 6:00 pm
  1. artsdepot — 19th Oct 2011 - 2:00 pm

    5 Nether Street, Tally Ho Corner, North Finchley, London, N12 0GA

  2. artsdepot — 19th Oct 2011 - 6:00 pm

    5 Nether Street, Tally Ho Corner, North Finchley, London, N12 0GA

Showing At

  1. artsdepot
    19th Oct 2011 - 2:00 pm
  2. artsdepot
    19th Oct 2011 - 6:00 pm

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