A Children's Opera and Education Project
A King’s Ransom is an imaginative education project offering children aged 7-11 an empowering first encounter of opera. Into Opera deliver approximately 80 workshops over 16 weeks bringing children into contact with a range of professional artists including a music director, stage director, orchestra, choreographer, designer, librettist, composer and lighting designer. Furthermore, these 4 primary schools have the opportunity to work together to ultimately stage A King’s Ransom an opera written for children to sing by renowned classical composer, Patrick Hawes.
A King’s Ransom… the story:
A King’s Ransom reimagines the story of Robin Hood. But there’s just one problem… where’s Robin? Faced with the threats of the soldiers, and their King imprisoned, what will the villagers do when Robin can’t be found?
This project was launched in Norfolk and ran between September 2017 – February 2018. A thorough evaluation process proved that children participating in A King’s Ransom:
Grew in confidence and self belief
Learnt about discipline and perseverance
Developed their social skills (communication, empathy, building new friendships)
Became strong team players understanding the value of collaboration
Felt proud of themselves and their achievements
Saw the benefits of trying something new
This project also includes an accompanying book of education resources, encouraging teachers to explore A King’s Ransom across the Key Stage Two curriculum.
"This is one of the best projects that we’ve funded since I took up my role as CEO. One of our main aims as a funder is to give young people who are ‘in need of financial assistance’ educational (in the widest sense of the word) opportunities which they would otherwise never have - and to open doors to possibilities that they would otherwise never see. A King’s Ransom so clearly did that."
David Hynes, CEO of Norwich Charitable Trusts
A King’s Ransom has been an exciting way for children to complete Arts Award and useful to contribute towards a school gaining their Arts Mark. To find out more about how our four schools got on in Norfolk take a look at our schools blog which teachers and pupils used to share their A King’s Ransom Journey.
If you would like Into Opera to provide an Artistic Residency in your school or county and to deliver this project, A King’s Ransom, please get in touch:
We believe that all children, irrespective of background, deserve to have access to a high quality cultural education and this project promises to provide this. There is an urgent need for high quality, multidisciplinary arts projects to be run professionally in schools and this project promises to do exactly that.