English Touring Opera - Upcoming events http://englishtouringopera.org.uk/productions/rss/ Upcoming events at Warwick Arts Centre en-gb <![CDATA[Magical Journeys]]> English Touring Opera English Touring Opera - Various London hospitals Music and visual art workshops in children's hospitals in London, as part of the National Portrait Gallery's hospitals programme.

English Touring Opera is delighted to be taking part in the National Portrait Gallery’s Magical Journeys project in February.

Magical Journeys provides valuable respite for the young people in hospital whilst focussing on developing creativity and art skills to encourage their continued development at a time when their schooling is often disrupted. The project engages both short and long stay patients from all over the world and also provides activity for siblings and respite for parents who are able to take some time out. The flexibility of the sessions and skills of the artists ensure the activity can work on a range of levels and engage all ages.

Magical Journeys provides much needed arts activity during school holidays when the hospital school is shut and activity for the young people is limited. Workshops are delivered during the summer holidays and throughout the year during winter, Easter and half-term holidays. Artists, musicians, poets, authors and storytellers lead creative art workshops to inspire young people’s creativity and explore the National Portrait Gallery’s Collection.

For ETO’s workshops, a composer will engage children in songwriting activities inspired by images of children’s authors from the National Portrait Gallery’s collection. A student from the Royal Academy of Music will assist these sessions, in which children will also create visual art in response to music.

For more information about the Magical Journeys project, click here.

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<![CDATA[Shackleton's Cat]]> English Touring Opera English Touring Opera - Woodside School, Belvedere A new opera in Spring 2015 for primary schools and families, based on the famous story of Antarctic survival a century ago.

Image by: Jude Munden

Shackleton’s Cat is the latest in ETO’s award-winning strand of operas for young people. The new opera features nine performers, including singers and players, and tells the story of the voyage and destruction of the Endurance 100 years ago, and the subsequent tale of survival against all odds. The opera features an ingenious set, with maps and images from the expedition, interactive songs, a puppet cat, and comprehensive resources for teachers, compiled in partnership with the Scott Polar Research Institute in Cambridge. Curriculum topics include music, drama, geography, science, literacy and maths.

The story itself begins in 2015, when scientists measuring the alarming changes in the levels of the polar sea-ice make an astonishing discovery: the bones of a cat. They belong to Mrs Chippy, the carpenter’s cat on the Endurance, and best friend to the young Welsh stowaway Perce Blackborow. At the heart of the opera is Shackleton himself, perhaps the greatest expedition leader of all time. The opera follows the crew as they set sail from Buenos Aires to the incredible rescue after months of hardship.

The opera lasts just over an hour and is created for Key Stage 2. Two months ahead of ETO’s visit schools are sent a CD and sheet music of three songs the children join in with, as well as a comprehensive teacher’s pack, which includes information about the piece and the story, and its curriculum links. The pack contains activities for classes.

Shackleton’s Cat is created by the team behind ETO’s recent hits Laika the Spacedog and Borka.

We visit schools, libraries and small theatre venues, so if you’d like to book a performance, please contact talia.lash@englishtouringopera.org.uk or call 020 7833 2555.

Big Give Christmas Challenge 2014
Before Shackleton’s voyage can begin, we must raise the final funding. We are delighted to have been chosen to participate in the Big Give Christmas Challenge. This means that from 10am on Thursday 4 December, donations made on the Big Give website to support Shackleton’s Cat can be doubled. To find out more, click here

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<![CDATA[Waxwings]]> English Touring Opera English Touring Opera - Strathmore School, London A new opera for young people with learning needs in Spring 2015.

Dancer Ricardo Campos. Photo by John Walker.

Waxwings is the latest in ETO’s acclaimed series of operas for young people with special needs. The opera is highly interactive, with lots of multi-sensory elements, and is designed to stimulate and engage with young people with many different and complex needs.

The opera features beautiful new music created by Clive and Mark Ives, of the celebrated ensemble Woo Music, with live singing and playing, and lots of interactive design by Ruth Paton. Words and direction are by Tim Yealland. The cast includes singers Guy Elliott, Katie Grosset and Emily Blanch, and cellist Jonathan Kitchen. Babis Alexiadis has created a new animated film for the climax of the show, featuring dancer Ricardo Campos.

The story is about a boy called Olly and his sister Cilla. Olly is autistic and is obsessed with birds. They find a waxwing on their way to their new school and take it with them. Olly’s new teacher immediately takes against him, and the boy struggles with the simplest questions. The teacher hears the little bird in Olly’s pocket and calls for the Headteacher, who turns out to be part human, part Minotaur, with an appetite for small birds. They run with the waxwing to the top of the building to escape, and make wings for Olly made of wax and feathers.

The opera lasts 50 minutes.

For more information or to book a performance for your school, please contact talia.lash@englishtouringopera.org.uk or call 020 7833 2555.

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<![CDATA[The Siege of Calais (L'assedio di Calais)]]> English Touring Opera English Touring Opera - Hackney Empire A vocally brilliant, stirring and patriotic telling of the story of the burghers of Calais by ‘bel canto’ composer Gaetano Donizetti.

Photography: Richard Hubert Smith

Robust, virile and emotionally charged … English Touring Opera’s performance is enthralling.

4 STARS, Telegraph

Donizetti’s music always has a relentless jolliness about it… brings to mind some of the most stirring parts of Les Miserables.

4 STARS, Daily Express

Thrilling, emotive singing from mezzo Helen Sherman in the trousers role of Aurelio; from Eddie Wade as Eustachio, and from Paula Sides as Aurelio’s wife. ETO has done The Siege of Calais proud.

4 STARS, Sunday Telegraph

The Siege of Calais (L’assedio di Calais) enjoyed its first ever UK professional tour as part of ETO’s spring 2013 season, and was acclaimed as one of the company’s greatest achievements. Constructed of bel canto arias and ensembles of extraordinary quality, it tells the story of the citizens of Calais who offer up their lives to save their city from the besieging English army. Proud, fierce, exhilarating – this is history on stage, in thrilling music.

Revival, sung in Italian with English surtitles
Running time: 2 hours (incl. one 20 minute interval)

The story

Read the synopsis here.

Music playlist

ETO’s performers sing “O sacra polve, o suol natio” from the end of Act II of The Siege of Calais (recorded at Snape Maltings Concert Hall).

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2015-03-07T19:30:00 2015-05-26T19:30:00
<![CDATA[The Wild Man of the West Indies]]> English Touring Opera English Touring Opera - Hackney Empire After his wife Eleonora is unfaithful, Cardenio flees for an island in the West Indies, where he loses his senses and his mind. ETO's new production is the first to tour on this scale anywhere in the world and the first staging in Britain in modern times.

Donizetti’s The Wild Man of the West Indies (Il furioso all’isola di San Domingo) was premiered in Rome in 1833 and became hugely successful before vanishing from the repertoire until the late 20th century. Based on an episode in Cervantes’ Don Quixote, it is a love story of Shakespearean depth set on a Caribbean island. A rare feast for both bel canto and theatre lovers, ETO’s new production is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see this opera performed live on stage at a theatre near you.

New production, sung in Italian with English surtitles
Age guidance: 13+

If you would like to learn more about this fascinating opera whilst supporting ETO’s new production, you might be interested in joining our San Domingo Syndicate

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2015-03-12T19:30:00 2015-05-27T19:30:00
<![CDATA[La boheme]]> English Touring Opera English Touring Opera - Hackney Empire Take part in ETO's professional production of one of the greatest operas of all time.

In Spring 2015 ETO is touring a new production of Puccini’s La bohème. We are looking for 12 young singers to play the children’s chorus in the first half of the opera. There is one song for the children to learn.

We are recruiting a group of new children for each new venue. The children will be rehearsed into the show on the day of the performance.
Although their presence on stage will have fantastic profile, it will be very easy for them to fit into the production. CDs and sheet music will be sent out in advance with comprehensive instructions about what the children will be doing in the show.

There will also a be a simple pack that tells you and the children all you need to know about the story, the music, the other singers and the production.

If you’re interested in your school or group taking part, please contact talia.lash@englishtouringopera.org.uk or call
020 7833 2555. More dates to be announced.

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<![CDATA[La boheme]]> English Touring Opera English Touring Opera - Hackney Empire A group of struggling artists discover love and loss in this evening of heart-rending emotions, laughs and tears set in 19th century Paris.

La bohème is a story of young love, starting on Christmas Eve in a Parisian garret. On this festive, snowy night the lovers draw close, but poverty and ill-health force them apart. Their story is told in the most memorable music, from ‘Che gelida manina’ to the shattering brass chords announcing Mimi’s death. ETO’s new production, sung in Italian, promises to break every heart and breathe joy into the spirit of everyone who has ever wanted love.

New production, sung in Italian with English surtitles

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2015-03-13T19:30:00 2015-05-30T19:30:00
<![CDATA[National Portrait Gallery]]> English Touring Opera English Touring Opera - National Portrait Gallery English Touring Opera and National Portrait Gallery collaborate once more to inspire brand new musical theatre composition with primary schools.

Using the National Portrait Gallery’s collection, and working in collaboration with professional musicians from English Touring Opera, primary school children aged 7-11 are introduced to a portrait, and encouraged to create words and music to perform their own piece to the public in front of the chosen portrait.

Primary teachers can now explore the skills used in this project in their own teaching by attending our CPD day on 25 June 2015. More information here.

Recent feedback

“I didn’t know paintings could be so interesting!”
“I want to play piano as good as Pete when I grow up.”
“I’m going to ask my mum if we can come back to the gallery in the holidays so I can show her the painting and sing her the song.”

It was fun thinking of ideas, working in a team and looking at the portraits. The best part was making up the story. I loved the song!

Guadalupe, 10

Amazing, it was fun learning and making the song about T.S. Eliot. The best part was working and brainstorming the song. Never close down the gallery!

Niamh, 10

The workshop on Thursday was excellent – thoroughly enjoyed by children and staff. Pete pitched the work at the perfect level for our Y3-5 mixed group (I know it’s not always easy with a mixed group). The children were buzzing all the way home. We also had some parents who came to watch the performance and were really impressed too.

Teacher, Chase Bridge School

We had a fabulous time. What a really great project with terrific end results, the kids were all so thrilled with their song. Pete was inspirational. Do book us in again next year.

Teacher, St Paul’s CE Primary School

Seven years of collaboration!

2014 marks the seventh year of this remarkable collaboration between English Touring Opera and the National Portrait Gallery. Combining the visual arts, with history, literacy, and music this series of inspiring and creative workshops provides an opportunity for teachers of Key Stage 2 to deepen their pupils’ appreciation and understanding in these curriculum areas.

How does the day work?

Pictures in the collection serve as a jumping off point for new composition. The children are taken to one of the Gallery spaces, where they are introduced to a historical or contemporary portrait. Using their newfound knowledge of the portrayed character, the pupils then begin instant music-theatre composition, working with professional musicians in the workshop space to create their own original lyrics and music. The workshop lasts a full day and concludes with the children returning to the portrait in the main Gallery to perform their composition in public.

These workshops are run biannually at the National Portrait Gallery and are led by leading musicians and animateurs Paul Griffiths and Pete Letanka assisted by a range of other professional musicians.

Contact and booking details

The workshop is suitable for all Key Stage 2 classes and lasts a full day.

For more details please email Tim Yealland or Talia Lash at ETO, or call 020 7833 2555.

English Touring Opera and the National Portrait Gallery would like to acknowledge the generous support of Sarah and Geoff Roberts for this project.

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<![CDATA[Sing a Portrait]]> English Touring Opera English Touring Opera - National Portrait Gallery English Touring Opera and the National Portrait Gallery collaborate once again to hold a professional development day for primary teachers this summer term, focusing on using music and portraiture in classroom teaching.

Unlock the creative power of portraiture and music for your primary pupils

Building on eight years of successful collaboration, this one-day CPD workshop explores the methodology behind the ‘Sing a Portrait’ Key Stage 2 workshops run by the National Portrait Gallery and English Touring Opera. Learn how to use a portrait to ignite your primary pupils’ creativity. The ‘Sing a Portrait’ workshops respond to a single portrait, and follow the paths of the pupils’ curiosity, helping them to create and perform their own musical composition. Discover strategies to support cross-curricular work bringing art, history and literacy together with music.

Working with a top professional composer/animateur from English Touring Opera, learning staff from the National Portrait Gallery, and a musician from the Royal Academy of Music, CPD day participants take part in a collaborative music workshop culminating in a performance of their new composition in the Gallery spaces. The day will be inspiring, creative, collaborative and fun.

Sing a Portrait CPD

  • Discover the rich potential of NPG collections to support learning across the curriculum
  • Methodology employs effective ‘talk for learning’ strategies to promote pupil discussion
  • Inclusive and open-ended possibilities of musical collaboration
  • Flexible multi-modal approach, inclusive for all learners including EAL / SEN

Learn how to help your pupils

  • Increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement
  • Look at and respond to portraiture
  • Use their voices to create and compose music on their own and with others
  • Develop an understanding of musical composition, organising and manipulating ideas within musical structures, and reproducing sounds from aural memory

Curriculum areas covered

Art – Evaluate and analyse creative work, discover the artist’s creative choices in portraying the personality and life of the sitter
Literacy – Pupils learn how to ‘read’ a portrait, develop skills of inference, giving evidence and reasoned justification for views
Writing – composition, draft and write, evaluate and edit, assess suggestions and improvements
History – learn about the life and representation of a significant individual
Music – singing, musical styles, composition

Enhance your pupil’s skills

Writing
Working collaboratively
Listening and speaking skills
Performance

This event costs £40 per teacher for the day, including handouts. Lunch is not provided. Participating teachers will also receive a discount on tickets to ETO’s operas in the Spring 2015 season.

In partnership with:

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