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Pupils from Embley 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 Year 6 and Year 7 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 Embley is a part, the Royal Opera House, The Voices Foundation and the English Pocket Opera Company.

Using the Royal Opera House’s Create and Sing learning resources and with teacher training delivered by The Voices Foundation, the pupils at Hampshire Collegiate were introduced to opera. Over the past few months, they have immersed themselves in the world of opera, listening and learning to understand the genre, and even more impressively, delivering their very own operatic performance of Carmen.

The colourful and energetic performance, which was staged and directed by the English Pocket Opera Company, delighted over 700 spectators including parents and guests from the world of opera, music and education.  The pupils used the knowledge and skills they acquired through the rehearsal process to deliver an unforgettable performance and came away feeling proud and inspired to continue nurturing their musical abilities.

Eloise (Year 7) said: “What I enjoyed most about being part of the big Carmen performance was that it was very interactive and everyone was enthusiastic to get involved.” Another pupil Zak (Year 7) said: “It was fun rehearsing for Carmen and I’ve really enjoyed coming to London.”

Miss Boyle, Head of Music commented that: “Pupils at Embley really enjoyed learning the story of Carmen through the songs we’ve been singing and especially enjoyed taking part in the loud chorus as they were really able to give it their all.”


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