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Project information

Opera Tour and Children's Workshops

Between March and June 2015, we plan to tour in East Lincolnshire, Northumberland, Nottinghamshire, Telford & Wrekin and London Newham, and undertake 20 primary school workshops, reaching new audiences with our accessible and fun new opera Baroque Around the Block.

February 2015 - June 2015

Charity information: Armonico Consort Limited

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  • Need


    We want to reach as many children, young people and their families as possible with this fun 'Horrible Histories' style opera, which describes the extraordinary life stories and characters of some of our most famous Baroque composers. There are few opportunities for children between the ages of 8 and 11 to participate in free performing arts activities, which have proven personal and learning benefits, and with us they will create their very own miniature opera in 1 day!


    We decided therefore to deliver a participatory workshop programme to more than 1200 children in 20 primary schools, engaging them in creating and performing their very own specially written opera scenes, with members of the cast from the main show and a miniature set. This would run alongside our main opera production, touring to new areas of the UK unfamiliar with our work, which itself would reach more than 3,000 young people and their families, friends and teachers.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To reach children with limited or no opportunity to access participatory performing arts.


    » To deliver participatory opera creation workshops in primary schools and offer them access to the main show at a subsidised rate.

    What success will look like

    Reaching 1200 children from 20 different community schools, and demonstrate changes in their learning and communication skills as a result of our workshops.

    Aim 2

    To reach new audiences for our work and educational activities.


    » To perform in different venues new to us in 5 areas of England and deliver participatory workshops in primary schools unfamiliar with our work.

    What success will look like

    Achieving our target of 3,000 young people, their families and teachers attending our show.

    Aim 3

    To reach a new audience unfamiliar with classical music.


    » To target individuals who engage infrequently in arts activities, through utilising a variety of deals to make our show more accessible to them.

    What success will look like

    Reaching new audiences who do not normally attend classical music events, such as the elderly, non traditional classical music goers, and others.

  • Impact


    We anticipate the wider impact of our project will be increased: 1) Access of our work by a more diverse demographic; 2) Development of social bonds with local areas unfamiliar with our work; 3) Development of audience base for fund-raising potential and our sustainability as a charitable organisation; 4) Children's musical and life skills; 5) Engagement with schools. We shall demonstrate this through an evaluation took kit which measures organisation value and social return on investment


    Getting schools with little or no engagement with the arts to work with us is a key risk to our project. Therefore we shall work closely with local music and performing arts hubs and our tour venues to broker relationships, which we shall develop further with direct contact.
    Securing the total funding is also another key risk, and the number of children we engage with may be reduced. A strong marketing and fund-raising campaign will be planned to minimise this risk.


    Regular social media briefings and updates will be posted as the project progresses, with feedback from those participating in the workshops and our artists and crew, through evaluation and professional development reports which will be completed by all these stakeholders.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £107,305

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      Amount Heading Description
      £19,958 Opera Workshops 20 whole day opera creation workshops and performances in 9 local primary schools, including Packs
      £32,650 Rehearsal and Tour Fees Fees for 7 Singers of 15-date tour of opera Baroque Around the Block
      £16,715 Rehearsal and Tour Fees Fees for Orchestra of 15-date tour of opera Baroque Around the Block
      £21,230 Staging & Marketing All Production costs of 15-date trou of opera
      £16,752 Contingency and Management 3.5% Contingency and 15% Management Costs

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Confirmed Fees £13,000 Guaranteed
    Negotiated Fees £15,000 Conditional
    Local authority £1,000 Guaranteed
    Trusts & Foundations £20,000 Conditional
  • Background


    We shall be touring the main show and undertaking the participatory opera creation workshops in The Wirral, West Sussex, Shropshire, Worcestershire, Kent, Somerset, Staffordshire, Berkshire, Northumberland, Cumbria, Lincolnshire and Surrey, in the towns of Malvern, Llandudno, New Brighton, Horsham, Camberley, Shrewsbury, Croydon, Canterbury, Crawley, Dartford, Weston Super Mare, Lichfield, Skegness, Windsor and Hexham.


    Workshop participants: Up to 540 children between the ages of 8 and 11, across forms and yearly cohorts will benefit directly from participating in the workshops, and performing a mini opera of their own creation. Many will be from very deprived families in their communities, and have little if any experience of performing arts.
    Audiences of School performances: Families and teachers of the workshop participants will benefit from the school performances and subsidised access to the main show.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Since 2004 we have been experimenting with ways to bring Baroque music to new audiences, increasing accessibility and engagement, by using innovative theatrical presentations within our opera and concert productions, and the skills of specialist contemporary directors. In tandem with our performance programme, we have built up a participatory music and drama outreach strand which engages 10,000 young people annually and delivers proven outcomes. Our track record demonstrates our suitability.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Christopher Monks

    As Artistic Director, Christopher Monks will ensure the high quality presentation of both the main show and the opera creation workshops.

    Felicity Green

    As Marketing Manager Felicity Green will ensure the marketing plan is in place and effective

    Heulwen Phillips

    As Development Manager, Heulwen Phillips will ensure the fund-raising plan for the project is in place, and all opportunities are maximised.

    Gabriella Lynn

    As Education Manager, Gabriella Lynn will ensure the smooth running of the workshops and engage with the local schools.

Bach & Babies!

Bach & Babies!