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Waltham Forest pupils perform The Magic Flute in partnership with The Royal Opera House

The young performers amazed an audience at Walthamstow’s Big Penny Social on 4th July, writes Rana Rastegari

Credit: Waltham Forest Music Service

The Waltham Forest Music service has worked with the Royal Opera House to bring The Magic Flute to life as performed by over 700 primary school children from the borough.

The event was held at Big Penny Social on the 4th of July and incorporated chosen experts from one of Mozart’s most loved operas.

The young performers also had a few ideas to make the show special to them, including a giant snake, adding some rap into the opera and some terrific hair and make-up.

A young performer sings heart out during show, Credit: Waltham Forest Music Service

The production also featured the Little Choir of Joy members, Waltham Forest Youth Orchestra, a young Waltham Forest soprano from the Royal Opera House Youth Opera Company and Royal Opera House baritone Ben Knight as Papageno.

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The show was directed by choir leader and soprano Maya Sapone as a part of the Create and Sing project. Create and Sing provides resources to support young people’s creativity including classroom-based lesson plans and digital activities.

The Waltham Forest Music Service offers tuition in many of the schools in the borough. In addition to musical training, vocal lessons and choirs, it provides performance opportunities to young musicians. 

It is a lead partner in Waltham Forest Music Education Hub and is supported by funding from Arts Council England.

For more information about the Waltham Forest Music Service visit their website

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