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.
Reconnect with your community through the joy of music making
Encourage intergenerational friendships within our communities
Increase social skills, build confidence and enhance overall general wellbeing
Bringing opera to a wider audience and introducing children to a new musical genre
To compliment the primary music curriculum, providing the foundations of musical terminology and performance practices.
To support the broader demands of the curriculum, we include a focus on creative writing, literacy and language skills.
We will use music to bring together two extreme age groups of society to build a bridge that will create and sustain important social relationships.