Project information

Music & Drama for Life: Reach your potential

Opera Brava's aim is to awaken a new generation to the meaning and joys of opera. To work in primary schools encouraging and developing pupils to reach their full potential using the medium of music and drama. Help Opera Brava enable the young people of today become the Artists of tomorrow

January 2016 - December 2016

Charity information: Opera Brava Ltd

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  • Need


    The lack of funding for primary schools means that many schools are without professional music teachers. Head teachers are seeking specialists to go into schools and work with their pupils on projects which are both beneficial and socially inclusive. The problems are reflected in a lack of achievement and confidence.This can be addressed by Opera Brava, as it encompasses many different areas through creative and participation. The invidual child can develop and retain good life-long skills.


    Opera Brava have worked in schools very successfully since 1988 with workshops and newly commissioned operas tailored to this age range. Over 250 schools and 20,000 pupils took part in productions throughout the country. Experienced professionals offer pupils a unique educational experience which benefits their academic work and raises levels of personal academic success. Promoting harmony and team work among pupils of diverse backgrounds, cultures and abilities and improving life opportunities.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To nurture young pupils & support and develop the gifts and talents through Music & Drama workshops


    » An introductory workshop on Opera. This is a programme designed to break down barriers and to explore through participation what makes up an Opera.
    » Working on a commissioned Opera for a week using professional Directors Designers and Singers.Training pupils through various & numerous disciplines.
    » Design and craft work where the pupils make, use and keep props and masks for the Opera.Two designers spend 3 days completing this part of the project
    » To bring together all the facets of their work, singing, acting and dancing to create a professional performance in either a school or a local theatre

    What success will look like

    Success will be.. how the whole group have enjoyed the experience and have learnt to perform as a team supporting each other and individuals have blossomed through the process.

    Aim 2

    Seek out pupils with special talents and encourage them to use & develop them through Music & Drama.


    » Giving pupils one to one time with professional artists. Encouraging pupils to work together in small groups and developing ideas which are achievable

    What success will look like

    Success will be...shown when an individual has shown a gift or talent that the school or parent was not aware of or a numer of pupils far exceed the expectations of their teachers.

    Aim 3

    Make Opera accessible to all ages and cultures, by educating the young and encouraging participation


    » Keeping ticket prices low and encouraging children and families to attend performances. Developing new operas where pupils perform with Opera Singers.

    What success will look like

    Success will be...when the audience numbers increase throughout the age ranges and people catch the vision being created by the pupils on stage. Pupils wish to become young artists

  • Impact


    2 quotes from recent work in schools.
    We believe that both The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe and Prince Caspian proved to be transformational for the pupils in our school. Everyone who saw the production was very impressed with the obvious enjoyment. confidenceand professionalism that the children possessed. David Robert, Head, Boroughbridge,Yorkshire
    This was an experience that was not only the highlight of the children's year, but one that will stay with them forever. Sharon Davis, Head


    We have a full risk assessment in place plus all of our staff are DBS checked and approved. In addition to this we have extensive insurance cover on all of our work. The main risk for this type of project is a lack of funds. We are only able to achieve the schools work with full funding in place. It is a proviso by our trustees. Over the last 27 years we have worked with schools, local councils and theatres keping up to date with all the new and varied requirements that are updated.


    They will be able to attend both workshops and performances. They will receive a detailed account of the money spent and there will be monitor and assessment scheduling throughout each project. Regular meetings occur between Opera Brava staff and the Heads and teachers of each school.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £44,455

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      Amount Heading Description
      £3,200 Workshops 8 schools cost per child per project 65.39 cost per child per day 10.89
      £3,150 Inset, recording, & printing Inset for teachers, recording CD & transport
      £3,100 costumes & props Making and purchase of materials
      £3,000 8 days 2 people Musical Director and Director
      £5,800 8 days 5 people Musical Director,Director 2 Designers and 1 singer
      £6,800 8 days 7 people Musical Director,Director 2 Designers and 2 singer
      £7,800 8 days 7 people Musical Director,Director 2 Designers and 3 singer
      £7,800 8 days 7 people Musical Director,Director 2 Designers and 3 singer
      £3,805 admin All that is required to set up and implement the project

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    John Lewis £10,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    National: We have been working in schools throughout the UK including some Special Needs Schools and have requests from numerous schools to take in our prestigious Opera education Work. We are based in Sussex but have worked with schools from Yorkshire to Somerset and Suffolk to Surrey. Please support this project as it is ground breaking and changes childrens lives.


    Direct beneficiaries are school children between the ages of seven and thirteen. Many of the schools Opera Brava work with have high numbers of children from deprived areas, who lack the opportunity to experience and be involved in the performing arts. The education programme is designed to be inclusive: children of all cultures, backgrounds and ability, including those with Special Educational Needs, are integrated into production and performance teams and are treated equally.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have been doing this work for 27 years and are one of the leaders in this field. We tailor the operas we commission to the age ranges and abilities of the children & include professional artists. We do not try to fit a conventional opera into a school. The people we employ have worked or are still working in National Opera Houses and bring a wealth of talent and experiences to the projects. It is essential to give the children the best so that they have somewhere to aim for and are inspired.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Robert Bottriell

    Musical Director, Conductor & has a passion for Opera. A great communicator. He works regularly at English National Opera & loves working in Schools.

    Bronek Pomorski

    Director: The driving force behind these projects. Initiates the pieces commissions the pieces and brings them to a professional performance level.

    Jenny Gould

    Composer: Jenny is an inspirational composer with a rare gift of writing fantastic melodies which children love. Her communication skills are unique.

    Geoffrey Moses

    Opera Singer, Bass: Geoff is an international opera singer renown in his field. A great communicator. He has an MA in Arts Management and Education.

See Opera Brava's website

Claire Cater, Director, Bell Pottinger