Uncle Remus at Hackney Empire
Pegasus Opera has over 19 years experience in delivering educational workshops in schools throughout London Boroughs and the regions, including Westminster, Lambeth, Haringey, Southwark, Lewisham, Brent, Hackney, Barnet, Havering, Enfield, Hornchurch and many others. We have presented educational workshops to accompany virtually every opera in our repertoire, to thousands of school children.
Olympic Heroes Childrens Opera - Spring 2011
The Olympic Heroes Children's Opera was a result of POSA tutors working with 12 schools across Lambeth. Six schools are part of the Coldharbour and Herne Hill Cluster led by Plaxy Wish and the other six form the Windmill Cluster led by Penny Porter-Mill.
POSA Projects Manager Talita Moffatt designed the project in partnership with the vocal tutors and the mini opera olympic anthem was composed by Omar Shahryar featuring original work created by the children themselves.
The result was over 300 children aged 8-11 performing their own mini opera performances at Lambeth Academy and Evelyn Grace Academy to over 400 parents and supporters.
The project was funded by Gifted and Talented and Able and Talented funds raised by the Coldharbour & Herne Hill and Windmill Clusters.
Pegasus opera was a Sing Up Flagship Organisation, one of 6 in the country. We ran singing workshops in 8 London primary schools, a workforce development programme for mainly BME opera singers and a training course for teachers in schools to support their singing leading in the classroom.
Pegasus Opera commissioned a childrens opera written by 420 children from the Boroughs of Lambeth, Southwark and Ealing and the British born black composer Errollyn Wallen . The new opera, called Clothesburger, was performed in the Southbank Centre’s Clore Ballroom on 23rd March 2010.
Clothesburger is an original story by Errollyn Wallen and includes ideas and verses written by the children which they have set to music and accompanied with drawings which created a marvellous back drop at the final show. It was an entertaining adventure of best friends Mick and Trishi, who run away from home and discover the Makeadin Café - a magical, adult-free zone where all their homework is finished in 4¾ minutes, and they can eat all the sweets they like! When their journey is foiled by the appearance of Alfie, a terrifying dinodragon, the two runaways learn some important lessons about life, responsibility and the true meaning of friendship...
Pegasus workshop leaders visited each of the schools 8 times across 12 months to help devise and compose and rehearse one scene per school, learning the songs all the other children had composed but not being told the full plot until the very day the of show. All the children and teachers came together for the first time on the 23rd March, bringing together their energy and creative flare and the result was breathtaking and hilarious and moving!
This project equip children with the skills to work independently and in Groups
Treemonisha educational project ran for an 8 week series of workshops in 6 schools in Ealing looking at the themes in Scott Joplin’s opera. Over 250 children will learn the main choruses in this work, compose new lyrics and tunes, choreograph some dances to go with them and perform these newly inspired pieces in school assemblies.
These workshops aims to develop the creative , singing and acting skills of the children.
Develop communication skills ( Listening, negotiating, co-operation and verbal), it aims to develop literacy skills as well as also bring curriculum text alive for children.
Pegasus Singup ( In Partnerships)
Pegasus Opera as a Flagship organisation for Singup was in partnership with the Royal Opera House, Education department, 30 young singing leaders from our Sing Up project attended opera workshops in preparation for auditions for the new ROH Youth Opera Company. We were delighted to have 9 of our children selected to be part of their Youth Opera company.
These singing leaders have taken on ambassador roles in their schools and showcased their class work in whole school assemblies, reaching over 2500 young people.
Our Sing Up project inspired two more partnerships earlier in the year:
Turtle Key Arts works with children with autism and we took some themes from Clothesburger and ran a week long February half term project in the Baytree Centre, a local community inclusion project on the Brixton Road. 10 children worked with 3 Pegasus leaders and musician John Petter and devised movement and songs, creating characters and costumes, and performed their 20 minute version of the opera to a beaming audience of parents on the last day of the week.
Baytree Nightingale Project
Last summer Pegasus music leaders worked with 20 transition aged children in the Baytree Centre to devise an opera around the Hans Christian Anderson story of the Nightingale. A week long series of workshops on voice production, staging and percussion, singing and devising, resulted in a colourful, multicultural interpretation of the delightful story and this was performed at our first Pegasus Community Sing Day on 31st July 2009. Amateur singers and members of the Pegasus Community Chorus came together to share a day of singing at St Vincent’s Community Centre, led by Grace, exploring different styles of music and learning good breathing techniques to set us up for life!
Pegasus Opera helping to reaching the local communities and creating a legacy to ensure the future for Opera up close and personal.
Relate learning to the actualities of everyday life.
Enablying children to express themselves through Staging , music, words and design .
To develop skills in criticising and evaluating creative work.
To use the main themes of an opera to bring drama and music to life experiences and make them relevant to today.
Support and develop the creative, singing, and acting skills of the children.
Investigate the main themes of an opera, using exercises relevant to the pupils' curriculum.
Enable pupils to work with professional singers, a director and a repetiteur for rehearsals , discussing work and directing each other.
To develop skills in criticising and evaluating creative work and create a forum for questioning the professionals on their work.
This was a community opera commissioned by Pegasus Opera , music written by Chris Taylor and libretto by Lynn Binstock for the local community and children, performed at the Hackney Empire. This project provided a unique opportunity for amateurs and semi- professionals to develop vocal and dramatic skills alongside our professional staff.
This helped to support and stimulate thought and discussion about personal development and citizenship and explore moral and social issues.
Promote discursive and exploratory discussion about themselves, their culture and their community.
L Elisir d Amore (The Love Potion)
Inspire and enable the Children to express themselves through words, music, design and staging.
Expand the musical and dramatic horizons of the children.
Create a lasting and sustainable legacy of appreciation and creation of music theatre and opera.