English National Opera

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The dulcet tones of opera filled the corridors on Friday 23rd October as the English National Opera’s Opera Squad took over Kingsbury High for the day.

Students and staff were introduced to opera, as both spectator and performer, through a range of activities including assemblies, ensemble, choir and workshops. Pop up performances took place in unlikely areas around the school where lucky bystanders heard professional opera singers and viewed their performances at close range.

Head of Music at Kingsbury High, Matthew Dominé said “I was particularly impressed by the skill the English National Opera showed in bringing a challenging musical genre, like opera, to our students and to get them all involved and enjoying the opportunity to sing together. The pop-up performances throughout the school were amazing and the students were clearly inspired. There will be future opportunities for our students to experience opera and I, along with them, cannot wait”.

Year 10 student Livya Mathialagan was inspired to write a piece about her experience in which she said “Towards the end of the day, a few students from the school’s Guitar Ensemble, including myself and the school’s Choir, were able to perform with the English National Opera. This, to me, was the most memorable and enjoyable part of the day. Adding to my knowledge, I was taught how to work in an ensemble better and encouraged to learn (on the spot) new songs to perform just minutes after. It was great to be a part of a group known all over the world and I would consider myself and others, for a brief time, members of the English National Opera.”

Head of Faculty, Annette Woodrow said “The choir held at lunchtime with the English National Opera was brilliant. It was exhilarating to sing alongside such powerful singers. I thoroughly enjoy singing and had forgotten how uplifting it can be. The English National Opera team were very skilled in bringing together a random group and making us feel that we had achieved a great deal in a short time. The choice of music was excellent – looking around there was pleasure on the faces of everyone.”

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