National Opera Tour Comes To A Close in Sheffield
On Friday 11 March, students in Sheffield were given the chance to enjoy opera in their very own school.
Sheffield Park Academy and Sheffield Springs Academy each hosted a performance by the English Pocket Opera Company (EPOC) and welcomed primary pupils from nearby High Hazels Academy to join them.
These performances formed the exciting finale of a month-long national opera tour which was launched by EPOC and United Learning – the group to which all three schools belong. They were the last of over 40 shows which have now taken place across the country from Hampshire to Yorkshire.
Students at the school were treated to a performance of ‘Opera Blocks’; an engaging, interactive show designed to break down the building blocks of opera. Students were also introduced to the three basic ingredients of opera – action, words and music – and were taught the more technical side of the music, for example the use of libretto, arias and choruses.
Commented Louise Pleasance, Performing Arts Teacher at Sheffield Park Academy:
“What a fantastic way to introduce our students to opera. Everyone involved, students and staff had a great time and learnt a lot about an art form many had never encountered.”