Opera for Children performed by Children
The Blackheath Halls Children's Opera project has gone from strength to strength. Since it's beginning in 2012, the continued aim is to encourage children to participate in an operatic production, perform alongside professional singers and musicians and present the production to a wide and varied family audience. Children performing are from a broad range of schools in the local area and the professionals also include students from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance.
The Children's Opera is supported by Arts Council England who play a very large part in making these amazing productions possible for the community.
2017 Production: Paws and Padlocks
In April this year, we were thrilled to present a newly commissioned children's opera in celebration of the 5th year of this popular community opera programme. Paws and Padlocks has a score by Kate Whitley (co-founder of the Multi-Story Orchestra) and a libretto by Sabrina Mahfouz and tells the story of two children who mistakenly get locked in a zoo at midnight, where they discover talking animals and dastardly plans afoot.
The success of the childrens' opera productions not only rest with the actual singing and acting but also everything else that's needed with a large scale production such as staging, set design, costumes and lighting which are handled with equal care and creativity by those involved each year.
Below is an image of the fantastic set that was designed especially for the Paws and Padlocks performances together with some of the costume sketches
Podcasts about Paws and Padlocks
This year we were lucky enough to commission specially produced podcasts which followed the production from beginning to end including the story of the creation of the opera itself, first auditions, rehearsals and set design and build. You can listen to the the individual podcasts by clicking on the Soundcloud link below.
With huge thanks to the following for their support:
Arts Council England
The Ambache Charitable Trust
The Bernarr Rainbow Trust
The Hyne Trust
Lewisham Main Grants Fund
The Royal Victoria Hall Foundation
The Ralph Vaughan Williams Trust
And the Blackheath Halls Children's Opera Composer's Circle