Countryhouse opera engages with innercity schools

Countryhouse opera engages with innercity schools


norman lebrecht

May 21, 2019

Press release:

Garsington Opera is working in partnership with The Lord Mayor’s Appeal on an opera project with 250 young people aged from 11 to 18 from six London schools. Led by a professional creative team from Garsington Opera and inspired by Mozart’s Don Giovanni, the students will devise their own words, compose songs, sing repertoire from the opera and design the set and costumes. This culminates in a performance fusing the genres of rap, YouTube and opera with the young people at the heart of the piece and will take place to an invited audience on the afternoon of Tuesday 16 July 2019 at the Old Library in the Guildhall, City of London.

This project is part of an extensive programme of educational and charitable activities taking place during the office of Alderman Peter Estlin as Lord Mayor of the City of London. It will precede a fundraising dinner A Night at the Opera, an abridged performance of Don Giovanni given by the Alvarez Young Artists of Garsington Opera, raising funds for The Lord Mayor’s Appeal that evening. Booking is now open to attend this memorable event at the Guildhall and to support the charities supported by The Lord Mayor’s Appeal.

Many of the students involved in the outreach project have little experience of music and drama, while others are studying them at school.  Some art and design students will be involved backstage, in design, exhibition and stage management. The professional roles will be performed by Robert Gildon (baritone), Samantha Crawford (soprano), and MC Angel, (rapper & poet).



  • SDG says:

    Mid Wales Opera do something like this in primary schools.

  • Maria says:

    Makes me laugh when they bracket all of London as ‘inner city’s. Wind if they are going into deprived areas of London like Stepney or North Kensington? Would love to know the names and areas of the schools.

    • Saxon Broken says:

      Well, some schools in inner London are charities providing education in deprived areas.

      Westminster, St. Paul’s, Harrow, just to name a few. I am sure you can name a few more.