The Magic Flute (2018)
Led by director Karen Gillingham and composer John Barber, the schools devised and created a mini-opera based on The Magic Flute, which led to a sharing performance entitled The Big Sing, featuring 180 children and three professional singers on the main stage at Wormsley. They performed to an audience of family, friends and fellow pupils.
Our work with secondary schools involves intensive residencies over two to three days. Pupils study the opera's themes, learn some of the repertoire, devise their own material and hear a professional singer perform. We work with groups of up to 50 students of mixed ages, who form a company to create their own mini opera.
Thank you for giving our children such a wonderful, life-changing experience. The Garsington Factor emanates from your incredible team.
Primary teacher, Ibstone CE School
I loved that we were able to go and see the opera after making it our own.
Secondary pupil, Cressex School
What is going on at Garsington is the absolute ideal of how an opera company should be working with its local community. The highest musical standards coupled with fun, joy and real long-term commitment.
John Barber, Composer