Education at Glyndebourne

"The most imaginative opera-education department in the country"

- The Independent

“The work of the Glyndebourne Education department is integral to our commitment to ‘enrich people’s lives through opera’. All the work that they do provides a vital framework for fostering a dynamic relationship between artists and communities, and ensures that the art form continues to have relevance and impact for future generations.”

- David Pickard, General Director 

Education workshop. Photo: David Illman

Formed in 1986, Glyndebourne Education’s remit has always been simple: to enhance the understanding and enjoyment of opera, whether for committed audience member or for opera sceptic. From creating work with schools and youth centres, developing learning resources, and arranging study events and pre-performance talks for audiences, to presenting large-scale community operas on the Glyndebourne stage, each of Glyndebourne Education’s initiatives has a clear aim – for as diverse a group of people as possible to connect with opera.

The seeds of Glyndebourne’s outreach and education programme were sown as early as the 1950s when a concert performance of Fidelio was imported to HMP Lewes. Some 20 years later, recognising the growing potential of working within the community, Glyndebourne appointed a dedicated education organiser. In addition to a myriad local projects initiated each year, the education department has been responsible for a large percentage of Glyndebourne’s new commissions, many of which are presented on the main stage.

Current work includes dedicated Performances for Schools, which have become an integral part of the Glyndebourne Tour; Glyndebourne Youth Opera, providing workshops and performance opportunities for local young people; the community-based music and dementia project Raise Your Voice; a programme of work experience placements for local students; and a residency for young artists in partnership with the University of Brighton. Glyndebourne's current Young Composer in Residence is Luke Styles.

More information about Glyndebourne Education can be found on our Current and Past Project pages.

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