Victoria Palmer, a teacher...
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In this programme, we explore how opera and orchestral performances can be both educational and enjoyable for children.
First up, a Year 10 class takes part in an 'Enjoy Opera' workshop at the London Coliseum, basing their work on the English National Opera's performance of Rigoletto.
Two members of the ENO chorus sing arias from the opera, and help the students analyse the plot.
For most of the visiting class this is their first experience of live opera. They learn through participative sessions that opera is a synthesis of many different art forms.
Meanwhile, in Lowestoft, a Year 8 class is invited to watch the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra rehearsing for a symphony concert that includes Elgar's Enigma Variations.
The RPO has an active education programme, fostering an interest in classical music and concert-going.
This is an opportunity for pupils to experience the excitement of a world-class orchestral performance, and to see how the conductor imprints his own interpretation on the works.
Part of the series: Worth the Trip