The JTP Trust (www.jtptrust.org) are delivering free choral workshops at five local schools, with the end result being the formation of a Junior Choir for ‘Swindon: The Opera’, a BIG Lottery funded project to be performed by the people of Swindon.
Workshops are being delivered by Jessie Thompson, Education Manager & Repetiteur for ‘Swindon: The Opera’ and are producing great results. Students aged 6-13 are taking part in the workshops and will be on stage alongside JTP Trust members when the project comes to life on 7 & 8 July 2012 at the STEAM Museum. Amy Cole, vocal coach at the JTP Trust, will be their conductor for all four performances.
Children from Orchid Vale Primary School, Colebrook Junior School, Westlea Primary School, Haydonleigh Primary School and Lydiard Park Academy are being taught by Jessie who is a freelance musical director, vocal coach and musical arranger in the Wiltshire area and London. She also teaches at The Hackney Musical Development Trust in London and is director of Madam Renards Ltd, a company producing and promoting professional performing arts in the Swindon area. Jessie commented "It’s great fun going into schools and teaching the children to sing. They really seem to be enjoying themselves and are trying their best. The children have such beautiful voices."
Cameron Delaney, a student at Lydiard Park Academy said "I think the singing lessons are good and they help my singing. My favourite bit is learning new ways to sing."
‘Swindon: The Opera’ recently announced that Swindon’s famous star, Diana Dors, played by local soprano Polly Leech, will narrate the opera. Polly, Supreme Champion of the Swindon Music Festival 2011 is said to be honoured to be playing Swindon’s most famous daughter. There are also a selection of cameo roles in the opera which will be played by Jacqueline Samson, Abigail Daniels, Mike Viret, Ellie Fleet, James Green and Ryan Walters.
To purchase tickets, please e-mail email@example.com or telephone 01793 466637. Follow ‘Swindon: The Opera’ on Twitter @SwindonTheOpera. For further information, visit www.swindontheopera.co.uk.
Pictured: Children receiving vocal training at Lydiard Park Academy.