The Hansel and Gretel Project was a veryambitious project. It involved delivering opera and drama workshops to 6 schools: Tendring Technology College, Thomas Lord Audley, Thurstable School, Langham Primary School, Stratford St Mary Primary School and Chase Lane Primary School.
Pupils worked together with director Penny Cliff, Music Director Mark Austin and the education team from Colchester’s Mercury Theatre. Many of the pupils took part in the production as part of the kinder choir and movement group, and pupils from all the groups came to watch the opera.
A live orchestra and professional singers were part of the project and young people benefited from listening to, and meeting, professional musicians.
Following the success of Hansel and Gretel, young people and their families suggested that we could form a choir for all generations to sing together. And we did it! Working with Adey Grummet, a group of 30 young people and adults attended a series of workshops and worked towards a performance at Colchester Arts Centre.
‘Passion to Sing‘ was performed to a group of elderly residents. Music included part songs, part opera and musical theatre – a steep learning curve for all. Other family choir events include Opera Rocks! and the Christmas Concert.
“I have not seen such an inspiring and creative production in a very long time! Could not stop singing the praises of the cast – they were incredible and I could hear every word.The children were fabulous, so co-ordinated and confident in their creative roles. Will definitely look out for more things to come and see at The Mercury.”
Sarah Thompson, Audience Member
“I just wanted to let you know that I took my 12-yr old daughter to see the show last night and we thoroughly enjoyed the production. What a triumph! My daughter is a drama student at Ipswich High School, so she really appreciated the experience. Please keep me updated on future productions – we would be happy to advertise and to help promote in any way.”
Sherri Singleton, The Thorne, Mistley
“Just a quick note to say how much we enjoyed the performance last night.
Both Gill and I appreciated the amount of work it took to put on such a great event. You should all be extremely proud of yourselves. We spent some time looking at the mail art after the performance and thought it was great! We were pleased to be able to support the event.”
Mandy Lloyd and Gill Bottazzi; Community Champions, Tesco Copdock and Colchester.
“What an epic job you have done. Such a splendid production! Absolutely superb!
A phenomenal funding job and extensive support for the project in so many ways – wow!
Congratulations to you for pulling so many different strands together to get it off the ground, and to all of those involved in the production in any way. It was indeed a triumph.”
Frances Brace, Red Flame Communications
“The Pimlott Foundation has shown me what I want to do in the future, and why I want to do it.”
Evie Press, age 12 ‘Sandman’ in Hansel and Gretel
The Pimlott Foundation is now a Learning Destination for the Children’s University, and any young people who attend Pimlott events out of school hours will be entitled to have their passport stamped. Email us for more information.
Schools involved with The Pimlott Foundation education programme are:
Langham, Stratford St Mary, Boxted, Bishop William Ward, Chase Lane Primary School
One College, Ipswich School, Kesgrave High, Tendring Technology College, Thomas Lord Audley, Stanway, Hadleigh High, East Bergholt High School, Thurstable School, St Alban’s Catholic High School
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