27th June 2019
HIGH HAZELS ACADEMY PUPILS SHINE IN CARMEN! PERFORMANCE AT LONDON’S OLYMPIC PARK
~ Pupils perform celebrated opera with United Learning peers on world-class stage ~
Last night (26th June), pupils from High Hazels Academy 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 1,500 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 High Hazels Academy 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 High Hazels Academy 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.
Rebecca Oldham, Head of Music at High Hazels Academy, said:
"Taking part in Carmen has provided our children with an incredible range of opportunities that otherwise wouldn't have been available to them. I have seen the children grow in confidence, passion for the subject and enthusiasm for the arts. It has been a joy as a teacher to watch the children flourish and I am so thankful to have been part of this memorable event; one which the children will remember for the rest of their lives."
Added Lesley Dolben, Executive Principal at High Hazels Academy:
“‘This was a truly unique and wonderful opportunity for the children and their families here at High Hazels. We are so proud of our youngsters - they were amazing. What a fabulous day!”
Commenting on the experience, pupil Nadeem Ali said:
“Today has been one of the greatest days that I have ever had at the school!”
Fellow pupil Maryam Khan said:
“I loved singing the songs with all of the other students – it was amazing.”
Added Terezia Kandracova, also a pupil at High Hazels:
“The music was so good – I loved it!”
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 over 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. As well as introducing our pupils to a new genre of music, this project has given them the opportunity to perform in a fantastic venue, collaborate with their peers from across the country and be part of a special celebration of talent and creativity. I am delighted that we have been able to provide this for our pupils and I look forward to seeing them build on this experience as they develop into confident, articulate and ambitious young adults.”