SING YOUR STORY
Age does not define us, our voice can unlock the past and create the future
Intergenerational Opera is a music outreach programme running in East Sussex bringing together Primary School children and elderly people from the community including those with Dementia through creative music workshops. The project will use music to develop communication and social interaction, boost confidence and creative expression and to generally improve overall wellbeing for all its participants. Each Intergenerational project will run in conjunction with the school term in weekly sessions. Relationships formed during the project are predicted to outlive the project.
Sessions are run by two professional opera singers and supported by a pianist. Music is learnt by ear and created by participants. The project culminates with a performance to which parents and carers are invited.
Intergenerational Opera is generously funded by Brighton Dome and Brighton Festival however much more funding is needed to run these important community outreach projects. Please get in contact if you are able to contribute financially/ would like to be involved in the funding or would like us to bring Intergenerational Opera to your community.
It starts with why!
Charlotte and Charlotte met while working together on the Glyndebourne stage as professional opera singers. We soon realised our shared passion for music outreach particularly working with young children and older people, including those with Dementia. We both taught singing to pupils privately and through our local schools and we ran singing workshops for Know Dementia Memory Cafe sessions.
We saw firsthand the positive impact that singing had on it's participants, mentally, emotionally and physically. We both led busy professional singing careers but managed to keep up with various music outreach projects including Glyndebourne, ENO, Streetwise, La Folia and the Royal Opera House.
In 2019 we decided to start our own community outreach project to bring together older people in the community with children from local primary schools. We believe that opera is accessible to the masses and allows a connection to emotion that might be difficult otherwise. We learn music from a set opera by ear, create our own music and devise our own version of the opera. Our project is unique and devised to provide participants with a sense of achievement and ownership of the music during their final performance.
Though COVID-19 has been destructive to our progress, we believe that our project couldn't be more important now to bring together our communities.