Pupils at Market Harborough's Bringhurst Primary School perform 'Snappy Opera' with professional opera company

Year 5 pupils at Market Harborough’s Bringhurst Primary School, part of the David Ross Education Trust, have been practicing their own ‘Snappy Opera’ with the help of professional musicians and artists from the Mahogany Opera Group.

Snappy Operas is a nationwide project, led by the Mahogany Opera Group, which encourages primary school children to take part in creating and performing their own ten-minute opera pieces.

The Mahogany Opera Group is a resident company at King’s College London and Watford Palace Theatre, working in collaboration with a wide range of venues and performing ensembles to help create opera in new ways, in different spaces and places throughout the UK and internationally.

During the visit, pupils had the chance to work with composers in order to develop their own opera song, as well as learn about the different crafts of making an opera, making costumes, props and staging.  

Pupils will take to the stage to perform their Snappy Opera at the Nevill Holt Opera Festival in June 2018.

Renée, a Year 5 pupil at Bringhurst Primary School, commented: “I really liked the workshop. It is exciting to know that we are creating our own opera to perform in front of our families and friends!”

Angela Watson, Headteacher at Bringhurst Primary School, said: “The response from our pupils has been fantastic, they have all been so enthusiastic and fully engaged with the activities. It has been a pleasure to have Mahogany Opera Company work with our children and help them to build their confidence throughout the session.

“This project has not only helped to develop pupils’ musical and performance abilities, but it has also allowed them to explore their creative skills. The children cannot wait for their final performance at the Nevill Holt Opera Festival in June.”


As part of the David Ross Education Trust, Bringhurst Primary School is committed to providing students with a world-class education. An education within a rich and exciting learning environment that inspires pupils to become their confident, academic best.

The Trust aims to shape its educational provision through developing the quality and scope of music-making for thousands of young people. This strategy is designed to enable Music to be an integral part of the Trust’s vision to transform young people’s lives.

A number of incredible learning experiences such as this visit allows pupils to experience first-hand what they can do and encourages them to explore their passions and discover their talents.