"I feel inspired. It makes me want to do stuff. It makes me want to create music."
Focus group participant

GO Create

GO Create is a new digital resource for young people aged 11-16 years with the first series on Eugene Onegin. Through this programme we aim to enable young people to explore their creativity with Garsington Opera and other local arts organisations. 

The films can be experienced individually or collectively and teachers can also play them as part of lessons to show a different way of working. 

Series 2 will be released in the new year.

Focus Groups

In making these films we have worked with three focus groups that have been integral to the development of GO Create. The groups have been with students at Millbrook Primary School and Cressex Community School in High Wycombe and with members of Garsington Opera's Youth Company. Here are some quotes from focus group participants:

"It gives me confidence to start something new."

"I like being part of the process of deciding what GO Create is." 

"If we weren't involved in the creation of GO Create, adults wouldn't understand what we want."


Monday Motivation

17 episodes of digital workshops performed on YouTube. Each episode is themed around a different opera and includes a physical warm-up, singing and dancing. Karen Gillingham and team are joined by a special guest musician who performs live.

Design Challenge

A professional stage designer shows you how to make sets, costumes and props based on an opera production, using simple craft materials that can be found around the home. Also includes information about the opera and tips about lighting and design.  

Garsington Opera is proud to be a part of Mind the Gap, a new European project that aims to explore digital participatory work with diverse communities.

Mind the Gap: Creating Digital Bridges to Community, is a two-year international research project bringing together six European arts organisations to explore digital arts education and how educators can work effectively with diverse communities. The project aims to identify best practices for digital engagement, provide educators with tangible resources and offer guidelines for policymakers. The Mind the Gap consortium is composed of six partner organisations, of which we are one, from Belgium, France, Italy, Ireland, the United Kingdom and Norway. We will work together over a period of two years to explore methodologies for working digitally with disadvantaged communities, offering training, case studies, online tools and a study of how arts workers, educators and teaching artists can support communities affected by the digital gap.