Pupils from William Hulme’s Grammar School (WHGS) took to the stage at the Copper Box Arena to perform in a fantastic production of Carmen! alongside their peers from United Learning’s national group of schools.
The pupils joined over 1,000 others for the unique performance of the ‘Choice of Don Jose’ from Bizet’s Carmen! at the Olympic Park. Their performance is the culmination of a year’s partnership between United Learning, of which WHGS is a part, the Royal Opera House, The Voices Foundation and the English Pocket Opera Company.
Over the past few months, the pupils have immersed themselves in the world of opera, listening and learning to understand the genre and delivering their very own operatic performance of Carmen!
The colourful and energetic performance was staged and directed by the English Pocket Opera Company. Over 700 spectators including parents and guests from the world of opera, music and education, were present.
The school’s Head of Music Gemma Goodier said: “The Carmen! project has given our students a fantastic opportunity to perform at a prestigious venue and explore repertoire that would have otherwise been difficult to access. The continuous professional development for those of our staff working on the project has also been extremely worthwhile.”
Catherine Barker, Head of Music and Performing Arts at United Learning, said: “All of the pupils gave a superb performance in which their new-found love of opera really shone through. The sound of 1,000 pupils singing together was mesmerising and was a true celebration of music. Congratulations to all the pupils who sang and performed magnificently and thank you to our fantastic staff for throwing themselves into this ambitious project with such enthusiasm.
“We are fortunate to have been able to partner with the Royal Opera House, The Voices Foundation and the English Pocket Opera Company for this project. With their support, expertise and resources, we were able to give our pupils the very best musical learning opportunities and plant the seeds for a lifelong love of opera and musical performance.
“Projects like these which teach pupils new skills, broaden their horizons and give them memorable experiences are part of United Learning’s commitment to deliver an Education with Character.”