Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment Project
Glyndebourne Education and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment work together with schools in London and East Sussex around one of the Glyndebourne Festival productions
In its third year, Glyndebourne and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment reunited for their annual Festival Project. 2009's project is based on Purcell's Fairy Queen and involved two rural Primary schools from East Sussex and two inner-city Primary schools from London. Animateur James Redwood worked with singers from Glyndebourne and players from the orchestra to devise scenes and choruses with these young people, the result of which was shared at Glyndebourne during the Festival Season.
During the previous year, in 2008 six schools and youth groups from London and Brighton worked with artists from Glyndebourne and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment to create a new film based on Claudio Monteverdi's L’incoronazione di Poppea which was shown before the Prom performance of L’incoronazione di Poppeaon July 31st 2008.
Annually, Glyndebourne Education and the Education Department at the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment collaborate to deliver a project in schools in East Sussex and London. These projects are based around a festival production that the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment are playing for.
In 2007 this project was inspired by Gioacchino Rossini’s La Cenerentola and involved children aged 9-11 from ten primary schools in London, Abingdon and Brighton. The participants worked with professional artists to create scenes and choruses for their own mini-opera, Angelina and the Beggar in Disguise. Six of the participant schools came to Glyndebourne to watch the cover showing of the Festival production of La Cenerentola in July, while all ten schools came together for a sharing day to perform their work in London.