Five Operas written by children for children performed at Saffron Hall

Essex Music Services were delighted to be engaged and part fund Mahogany Opera Group’s  first Snappy Opera with Primary Schools from Epping, Loughton and Saffron Walden. Each Primary School performed an opera at our event in Essex on 28 March 2018 at the prestigious Saffron Hall in Saffron Walden.

What the teachers said …

After the performance we were overwhelmed with kind responses eg

“Can you thank everyone involved in the organisation, planning and production of Snappy Opera; it has been the most amazing experience of my teaching career!” Clare Layer, Epping Upland Primary School, Epping

I would just like to say what an absolutely amazing time our children had yesterday. It was such a fantastic opportunity for them and they enjoyed it so much. I thought that all the operas were so different! Please could you pass on our thanks to everyone involved. If there is ever any opportunity for us to be involved in a similar project in the future – please bear us in mind.I hope you have a restful Easter.” Sarah Roffey, Headteacher, High Beech Primary School, Epping

“Both classes of children from Katherine Semar enjoyed all the workshops enormously. They found the characters in both operas fun and easy to identify with. They also enjoyed learning the songs and managed to learn the words easily. The highlight has to be the performance of which both classes were extremely proud. For some children, it was a big challenge to stand on that stage and take part – very out of their comfort zone. But they rose to the challenge and this project will certainly have boosted their confidence.Katherine Semar School, Saffron Walden.

And from Saffron Hall…

“On behalf of us all here it at Saffron Hall I’d like to thank YOU all for enabling those young people to have such an incredible experience! I spoke to quite a few parents and teachers yesterday, and all said what a positive and incredible experience it had been.

One mum said that her son doesn’t ever talk about school, but had spent Tuesday evening teaching her the opera so that he could rehearse (!), a head teacher told me that she had never seen the children more focussed and happily engaged, and another commented on how much the children’s confidence had improved. Fantastic testaments to a very impactful project.” Natalie Ellis, Learning & Participation Director, Saffron Hall

What is Snappy Opera?

Snappy Opera is a nationwide project making opera with young people aged 7-11. Working in conjunction with Mahogany and ten regional partner organisations, 1,500 primary school children will take part on creating and performing ten-minute works.

Each Snappy Opera is being developed by a different creative partnership working closely with groups of young people to bring stories, characters and music to life. The composers and writers involved represent some of the most exciting voices creating music and dramatic work, from leading artists to those emerging in the field

The aim of this nationwide music project is broaden opera’s appeal and create awareness of this genre with primary school children.


What is Snappy Opera?

Snappy Opera on the BBC News

See and hear below how the school children from the London borough of Tower Hamlets were so pleased to be involved in their own Snappy Opera with some wishing to become Opera Singers!

The picture shown at the top of this page shows children performing Peck – a Snappy Opera about Birds, bakers, tourists and money. No birds were harmed in the making of this opera with Mahogany Opera Saffron Hall