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Meet the talented Poole youngsters who created their own opera
TALENTED students from Poole High and a school for disabled children have whipped up a storm with the brand new opera they created alongside the English Touring Opera.
Offshore, an original opera inspired by The Tempest was performed by students from Victoria Education Centre, Poole High and professionals from ETO on Friday September 27.
BBC Children in Need donated £10,000 to support the project, which aims to promote different forms of communication, including singing, signing and speaking aids.
The inspirational project was masterminded by Belinda Ellicott, a dance at music teacher at Victoria Education Centre, which offers specialised care for youngsters with complex conditions and physical disabilities.
She said: “The children have got more and more excited as the weeks went on and they have really embraced the whole process. They have worked with professional artists and written their own story, lyrics and even composed some music.”
Rehearsals and writing sessions took place from September 23 with professional singers, composers, directors and musicians from the English Touring Opera.
Artistic associate for education from the English Touring Opera, Tim Yealland said: “The starting point for the story was communication and the children all worked together to create a completely original opera with new songs and music.”
Almost all the students from Victoria Education Centre were involved in the performance in various ways and they were joined by 20 students from Poole High School.
Joanne Sibley from Victoria Education Centre: “I’ve liked meeting all the new people from Poole High School and I liked meeting all the stars from the opera.”
Natasja Ailes from Poole High School: “It’s been a great experience and enjoyable to meet new people from Victoria Education Centre.”
Happy Days Children’s Charity also donated £1,000 towards the project.
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