Project information

"A Journey of a Lifetime"

Commissioned for Opera Brava's sensational and groundbreaking work in primary schools.This Opera will update the original story of Pilgrims Progress with relevance for children in modern society,encouraging moral discussion,awareness of personal safety,freedom of choice and making right decisions.

September 2014 - November 2015

Charity information: Opera Brava Ltd

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  • Need


    There are several problems that need addressing within school & social development of young people. Opera Brava aim to develop civic & social responsibility via operas that illustrate strong moral & ethical frameworks & integration. Develop confidence, self worth & discipline with immediate & lasting effect on school & home lives. Develop new skills; musical & instrumental, arts & crafts, teamwork & creative thinking. Encouragement of literacy skills, development & appreciation of storytelling.


    Workshops are carefully planned, maximising the time permitted & the personnel available so that each child is active & occupied constantly. The workshops are sub-divided to allow for: teaching music, instrumental examples, prop making, drama & rehearsing & ultimately bringing all the facets together for a production. New found interests & skills, combined with a sense of pride & achievement contribute to reducing the likelihood of children in deprived areas falling into anti-social behaviours.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To launch a new Opera for schools involving professionals which will then be available nationwide.


    » To introduce opera to school children in a particapative and exciting way enabling them to see and hear professionals and work with them.
    » Construct, rehearse & develop a new opera that is tailored to each school & to use modern technology in rehearsals, creating new social opportunities.
    » Perform \"Journey of a Lifetime\" in either theatres, schools or communities, developing & furthering the knowledge, interest & appreciation of Opera.

    What success will look like

    Success will be a large audience at the worldwide launch in a theatre and numerous schools enquiring about the project for 2015. Positive press & Arts Council coverage.

  • Impact


    Beneficiaries are school children between the ages of 7 and 13. Many schools Opera Brava work with have high numbers of children from deprived ares, who lack the opportunity to experience and be involved in the performing arts. This project is designed to be inclusive children of all cultures, backgrounds and abilities are integrated into production and performance teams. The overall experience is transformational in the children's lives & has a lasting effect in their educational development.


    There are always risks to any project but the main one is a lack of funding. Opera Brava have been working with schools since 1988, in over 250 schools working with at least 25,000 children & many more seeing the operas with parents & families. We have a wonderful composer & several singers & designers keen to start on this project & I have numerous artists who would like to be involved if the opportunity arises.Two schools re available for the first performance thus covering every eventuality.


    We have been working with The John Lewis Foundation for over 20 years and have given a full report both financial and teacher letters every year. Also we invite sponsors and donors to attend rehearsals and performances whenever possible. Numerous supporters have attended our events over the years.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £19,445

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      Amount Heading Description
      £5,000 Composer Composition of
      £1,500 Librettist A wordsmith working with the composer
      £3,000 Director Directing and producing the opera.
      £3,500 Singers & Designers 3 Opera singers and Designers
      £2,450 Workshops & recording Introduction to Opera plus recordings for rehearsals, copying and printing and inset day.
      £1,495 Administration Organising and implementing the project
      £2,500 Costumes & Props Costumes & Props for the project

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Anonymous £5,000 Guaranteed
    David Wheeler £2,000 Guaranteed
    Anchor Charitable Trust £3,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    The launch of this project will be at The Leatherhead Theatre, Leatherhead, Surrey with one of two local schools in the area. Parts of Leatherhead are very deprived and Opera Brava are committed to working in schools that requre extra music and drama that will help have a lasting effect on school and home lives. we have been discussing this project with The Roundhouse in Camden for a major launch but this is in its early stages.


    The immediate beneficiaries of the opera will be the children taking part in the world premiere. However the rest of the school will see a dress rehearsal & their will be two public performances. In the long term thousands of children will benefit from this production over a ten year period & many tens of thousands will see it. There is a long term vision to enable the opera to go Nationwide & be included in the National Curriculum rather like our current piece The Lion the Witch & the Wardrobe.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Now in it's 27th year Opera Brava have consistently been working with hundresds of schools and thousands of children. We have worked on projects that required only a few children to large scale works at The Queen Elizabeth Hall South Bank with over 200 children, full Orchestra 10 singers and an actor. We have been developing our works over the years and tailoring to the needs of children and challenging them both musically & dramatically. Heads all over the country have been singing our praises.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Bronek Pomorski

    Artistic Director. Bronek has the vision and the drive behind the project. He is an experienced Opera Director who loves working with children.

    Jenny Gould

    Composer: Jenny Gould a young talented contempory composer with a rare gift for writing both melodic and evocative music for young voices.

The Promise  commissioned 1997

The Promise commissioned 1997


Cost per child, per participation day:

"We believe that both The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe and Prince Caspian proved to be transformational for the pupils in our school."

David Roberts, Head Teacher, Boroughbridge Primary School, Yorkshire