Schools' project with opera group
MEMBERS of English Touring Opera staged a series of performances with students in Chipping Sodbury.
The professional company, including tenor Jeffrey Lloyd-Roberts, worked with the Chipping Sodbury School students, primary school children and youngsters with special needs for the whole of last week.
Pupils spent time working with the company's singers and artists to devise a new opera to perform at the school on Friday in afternoon and evening performances in front of fellow students, their families, school staff and members of the public.
It was based on the history of Chipping Sodbury, a topic which is taught to Year 8 students at the school every year. The project, which was called Under the Hill, was centred around Sodbury train tunnel and its history of flooding.
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The opera involved 11- to 18-year-olds from Chipping Sodbury School, eight- and nine-year-olds from Hawkesbury Primary school and 11- and 12-year-olds from Culverhill Special School.
The English Touring Opera team included Mr Lloyd-Roberts and designer Jude Munden, as well as the regular composer/director team of Russell Hepplewhite and Tim Yealland. The company was joined by students from the Royal Academy of Music.
Mark Lloyd, spokesman for the Rotary Club of Chipping Sodbury, said: "It is a truly amazing project and one which the school had to find £8,000 of sponsorship to put on."