Uniting thousands of children to stage and perform their own operas across the country.
This summer Mahogany Opera will launch the Snappy Opera Festival - an annual event that will give thousands of primary school children across the UK ownership of opera.
The Snappy Opera Festival 2019 will involve children from Northamptonshire, West Cumbria, Suffolk, Nottingham, North Tyneside and Leicestershire, delivered in partnership with the David Ross Education Trust, Leicester-Shire Music Education Hub, Nottingham Playhouse, North Tyneside Music Education Hub, Rosehill Theatre and Southwold Music Trust.
The Snappy Opera Festival will culminate in a series of performances across the UK, with the participating primary schools in each region coming together in their local theatre for a shared, grand finale performance.
As I travel across the UK visiting primary schools I am bowled over by the enthusiasm and excitement that opera generates among children, teachers and parents but I’m also shocked and frustrated by the lack of resources, time and confidence to deliver it. What we’ve learned since launching the project in 2017 is that Snappy Operas delivers in a most holistic, compact and engaging way. Our dream at Mahogany is for every child to experience opera before they leave school; not just to foster a life-long love of music and theatre but because of the incalculably positive affect opera has on enabling self-expression, sparking the imagination, fostering creativity, building confidence, teaching empathy, opening up new lines of communication between children, teachers and parents, connecting us to our emotions, improving motor skills and coordination. In short, within opera lie the fundamental building blocks of human development and Snappy Operas are the most wonderful learning tools to access this.
The Snappy Opera Festival 2019 is supported by the following charitable organisations. Without them our work would not be possible.
Arts Council England
The Kobler Trust
The Vaulkhard Douglas-Home Music Trust
Finn Family Foundation
The Catherine Cookson Charitable Trust