Pupils at Shireland Technology Primary experience live opera with the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire

Shireland Technology Primary School in Smethwick was recently treated to a one-of-a-kind opera concert and educational workshop hosted by the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.

The concert featured operatic performances from eight talented singers in a variety of languages and voice types, demonstrating to staff and students how opera creatively combines drama and music to create a unique form of storytelling through emotions.

Pupils at Shireland Technology Primary were also able to participate in a Q&A session with the Birmingham Conservatoire performers as part of their music curriculum project, providing a highly interactive and enriching learning experience.

Principal of Shireland Technology Primary and Primary Lead for Shireland Collegiate Academy Trust, Lady Kirsty Grundy said, “It is important that pupils have the chance to experience a range of musical genres and understand how forms such as opera can tell wonderful stories in such an emotive and affecting manner.”

“Music and the arts can enrich and add colour to our lives, and we are grateful to the Conservatoire for providing this wonderful opportunity.”

The Royal Birmingham Conservatoire is known for its outreach to communities and musicians of all ages and abilities.

Head of Learning and Participation and Associate Professor in Music Education, Richard Shrewsbury said, “I am so pleased the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire (RBC) have begun what we hope will be a multi-level partnership and collaboration with the Shireland Collegiate Academy Trust, bringing all kinds of music making to young people across the West Midlands.”

“It was very special to see the reaction of such young people to an interactive operatic performance and we hope that some of these will be visiting RBC in the summer 2023 to see our operatic performances there. For our students it’s so great to perform to different audiences and develop their experiences of working in education settings.”