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Champions for Children 2024

Support our new opera for Key Stage 2 students!

Between 4 and 18 June we're raising £12,000 in essential funds for The Vanishing Forest thanks to The Childhood Trust's Champions for Children campaign - every donation made in these two weeks will be doubled thanks to the Trust's generous support.


Help us reach our goal!


The Vanishing Forest follows the events of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night's Dream, educating and inspiring children on the issue of deforestation with song, puppetry and adventure. Athens’ forest is being chopped down, and with each tree felled, more magic disappears from the land. It’s down to Cassie and Mylas to find Puck, Oberon and Titania, stop the destruction and restore wonder to their beautiful forest.

Written by Jonathan Ainscough and composed by Michael Betteridge, the curriculum rich The Vanishing Forest will perform for over 5,000 Key Stage Two children across the country next Spring, in what may be the audiences’ first live opera experience. Funds from our Champions for Children campaign will support our London performances, at our partner schools in Tower Hamlets.

One donation, twice the impact

By donating £1500, ETO receives £3000

Fund the research and development for The Vanishing Forest, to enable ETO to create specialist, high-quality opera for children aged 7-11.

By donating £1000, ETO receives £2000

Fund the creation of our essential teaching packs and enrich the students’ academic development.

By donating £600 ETO receives £1200

Fund the rehearsal period for one of our The Vanishing Forest singers, where they will craft the characters who will interact with young people on the road.

By donating £300, ETO receives £600

Fund one week of rehearsals for our The Vanishing Forest orchestra, who will inspire children to connect with music on the road.

By donating £150, ETO receives £300

Help provide children in our London partner schools with the chance to explore music, opera and climate change next spring.