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 2017: The Iford Arts Education Outreach Project presents:  Go Figaro!
Children from three urban primary schools in Bristol, Bath and Trowbridge participated together in this year’s exciting educational project – following the successful 2016 McQuest project based on Verdi’s Macbeth.

Education CollageIt culminated in a visit to Iford Manor for an ‘adventure day’ during the production of The Barber of Seville. The project (Go Figaro!) aimed to encourage creative thinking by stimulating the children to create their own mini ‘operas’, or pieces of music theatre. The project was kicked off by a performance to all the children of Figaro’s wonderful opening aria in Barber. As Figaro’s ‘apprentice hairdressers’ they considered gossip, secrets and other sensational aspects of life as revealed in Figaro’s, ‘Snip and Snoop Salon’ with a specially composed Hairdressing Song as a chorus.

Led by the team of experienced animateurs from Opera Sonic, each school then create their own mini- scenes in three workshops. They then performed to each other at Iford before watching in the cloister selected scenes from the new production by Charles Court opera.



2016: The Iford Arts Education Project successfully delivered: MacQuest – A murder mystery

MacQuest celebrated the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death and encourages school children to participate in singing, acting and other stage skills to create their own new version of an old story. With witches, magic and murder the Macbeth story-line offered a wide number of opportunities for children to use their own imaginative interpretation of ‘what happened next’.

Opening with a visit to Iford Manor Gardens for ‘Murder Mystery Day… who killed the King?‘ the children investigated the story of Macbeth and were introduced to the sounds and instruments of the orchestra and singers from the Iford Arts production of Verdi’s Macbeth.

In the subsequent in-school workshops, the children devised their own original version of scenes performed in their own schools, and coming together again for a collective performance in the Lantern, at the Colston Hall as part of Bristol Plays Music’s ‘Sounds Inspiring’ Festival in July 2016.

2015: Iford Arts Education Project successfully delivered A Garden Fantasy.

As part of the Bath Festival’s Party in the City on 15th May at 5pm, children from St Andrew’s Primary School, Bath and Bellefield Primary School, Trowbridge will perform A Garden Fantasy II, an opera in two acts devised entirely by the children and inspired by the beautiful Grade 1 listed Harold Peto gardens of Iford Manor.

A Garden Fantasy II was the culmination of an Iford Arts Education project lead by a team of professional animateurs. The project started with a visit to the Peto Gardens where children collected images, sounds and ideas to take away and use as inspiration for their opera. The animateurs spent the next two weeks at each school helping the children to write their scripts and lyrics. The children were also responsible for casting the opera, stage direction, making the costumes and designing the set.

This was the first time the children were  involved in a creative project of this kind which helped to develop a wide range of new skills and experiences as well as support other curriculum subjects.

The premier of the opera took place at St Swithins Church, Bath on Friday 15 May at 5pm.


View the 2015 Education Report >GARDEN FANTASY 2 FINAL EVALUATION

2013: 70 school children, from Trowbridge and Bath, including 15 young carers composed and performed a Scrap Rap Opera (think Stomp!) using junk percussion at the Bath Music Fest Party in the City on Friday 24th May.

Iford Arts, in its education and community role is also the driving force behind Bradford Barnstorm.

2012: The children of St Michael’s school in Twerton in Bath composed, directed and performed a piece based on the Olympic values of respect, excellence and friendship as part of the Bath Music Festival’s Party in the City at the Holburne Museum. While Chroma gave a two-day workshop in two local schools.

2011: Our schools Matinee of Hansel & Gretel in Bath Pavilion was attended by 200 children and teachers who loved every moment and sat spellbound throughout.

2010: Iford Arts first annual outreach project. In collaboration with local headteachers Chroma Chamber Ensemble designed a project based around their 2010 Iford Arts Festival production of Rossini’s La Cenerentola.

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