Performances for Schools at Glyndebourne

What to expect

These performances are a unique experience – Glyndebourne’s world-famous auditorium filled entirely with students, a special introduction on stage, and then all the emotion, spectacle and intensity of a Glyndebourne opera, full-length and fully staged.

Performances for Schools 2017

Part of Tour 2017, Mozart’s Così fan tutte on Wednesday 11 October 2017, 11.00am – 2.15pm at Glyndebourne.

The opera is recommended for Year 7 upwards (aged 13 and above) and tickets are only £7 per student.

Chock full of sublime Mozartean melodies and dazzling singing, Così fan tutte is the third and last of the brilliant operas Mozart wrote with librettist Lorenzo Da Ponte (alongside Le nozze di Figaro and Don Giovanni).

It has been described as ‘a glorious soap-bubble’, ‘a deep and unsettling masterpiece’, ‘a musical lark’, and ‘a profound and terrifying tragicomedy’.

All these qualities and more shine through in this gorgeous period production by Nicholas Hytner, former longtime director of the National Theatre.

Lewis Murphy’s Belongings on Friday 10 November 2017, 1.00pm – 2.00pm at Glyndebourne.

This opera is recommended for Year 5 and up (aged 9 and above) and tickets are £5 per student.

A world premiere from Glyndebourne’s Young Composer-in-Residence Lewis Murphy, performed by Glyndebourne Youth Opera. With a libretto by up-and-coming writer Laura Attridge, this new commission tracks the journey of two groups of young people, divided by decades but united by the geographical displacement they experience.


How to book

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Eligibility: We accept applications from groups in full time education based within 25 miles of Glyndebourne.

Given the high demand for these performances, tickets are allocated by ballot. To enter simply complete the paper booking form you have received with your brochure and return by post to Glyndebourne by Friday 12 May 2017.

Alternatively, you can complete your booking form online by following the link below to enter the ballot:

Enter Ballot

You will be notified of the status or your application by Wednesday 31 May 2017.


Plan your visit

Glyndebourne is in the heart of the Sussex countryside, just 10 miles outside Brighton. There’s plenty of on-site parking for coaches, and 12 acres of gardens for pupils to enjoy.

We understand that, for some children, the behaviour expected during a theatre performance may become overwhelming during their visit. To ensure that all members of the audience enjoy the experience, we provide a relaxed space adjacent to the auditorium in which students can continue to watch the opera via a live link to the stage. To find out more about this and other resources for any children who may need additional support, please contact us at education@glyndebourne.com.


Travel grants

You can find out if your school is eligible for a South Downs National Park Authority Outdoor Learning Travel Grant of up to £300 to assist with the costs of your travel to Glyndebourne.

For further information, please call Glyndebourne’s education department on 01273 815023.


Free educational resources

  • Online Guides and teaching resources for English, Music and Art & Design teachers, available from September 2017
  • An on-stage introduction for schools before the performance
  • Programmes for students to take home
  • A poster for the classroom

‘We have, on our back door, a world class performance venue giving superlative operatic productions. It is important that our students can experience the thrill of operatic performances that will touch them and that they will remember, as we all do with significant cultural events, for the rest of their lives”
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Glyndebourne’s Performances for Schools are supported by Arts Council England and the Clore Duffield Foundation with additional support from William and Alex de Winton, Warburg Pincus, Mike and Agatha Taylor and one anonymous supporter through investment from Glyndebourne’s New Generation Programme.