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Exciting opportunity for young music and theatre lovers!

Saffron Hall is excited to be hosting English Touring Opera for a free two-day opera project in October half-term!

Participants will create a new music and theatre piece inspired by the operas of Georg Friedrich Handel.The process will include discovering the storyline of the Handel operas ETO are performing this season, learning excerpts from them, writing new music and lyrics inspired by the pieces, creating brand-new scenarios and narratives, and of course performing!

The resulting piece will last around 15 minutes. It will include one or two excerpts from the original opera, one or two pieces of brand-new material based on the opera made by participants and one solo performance from the professional opera singer. There are also opportunities for participants to take solo roles in the piece. Each of the three operas that ETO are presenting this season (Agrippina, Ottone, and Tamerlano) focus around power struggles at key points in history, so this will be the stimulus and basis for this workshop. Participants will explore moments in history or historical figures that they find interesting, and choose a moment that we can bring to life as our mini-opera, whilst bearing in mind that Handel and his librettists never let truth get in the way of a good story, so artistic license is allowed!

Participants will also be eligible for a free ticket plus a half price ticket for a guest of their choice to see ETO's Agrippina at Saffron Hall on Friday 28 October.

Dates & Times
Wednesday 26 & Thursday 27 October 2022
10am-5pm (registration will be from 9.30am each morning)

Artists involved

Composer Helen Woods
Director Jonathan Ainscough
Plus a singer and an instrumentalist -yet to be announced!

Who is this project for?

This activity is open to young people in Y9-13 interested in or currently studying music, drama or performing arts. You don’t need to be taking singing lessons or play an instrument to take part, you just need to be enthusiastic!

You are welcome to join this project exactly as you are. We want to make this a fun, accessible and open experience for everyone who participates so if there is anything we can do to support you (like making access accommodations, using specific pronouns or providing coloured copies of printed resources) please let us know. If you have any questions or want to discuss any aspect of the project with our friendly coordinator Katie please ring 01799 588538, email or whatsapp 07415 104370.

Where will this take place?

The two-day workshop will take place at Saffron Hall, Audley End Rd, Saffron Walden CB11 4UH


This two-day workshops is free! You'll need to bring a (cold) packed lunch and snacks each day.

How to apply

Follow the link below to access online application form (it will open in a new tab), or get in touch if you would prefer a paper copy be posted to you. Application deadline is 10 October 2022.

Get in touch for more info

If you have any questions or would like an application form in a different format please get in touch with Katie, our schools and communities coordinator on 01799 588538 or send her an email:

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