The Norfolk Schools Opera Project was established in 1997. In the past 21 years we have worked with over 3,300 children and 350 teachers from 123 Norfolk schools.

The Norfolk Schools Opera Project aims to engage Key Stage 2 children in creative and cultural learning through the medium of opera, in order to foster a long-term relationship with the arts, enhance their school attainment, and develop their aspirations.

In 2018-19 Norwich Theatre Royal and Norfolk Music Hub are collaborating in a year-long programme, working with hundreds of pupils, teachers, and young gifted and talented musicians from across Norfolk. Through creative workshops and CPD, a brand new children’s version of Mozart’s The Magic Flute will be created and performed on 23 June 2019.

Schools and families are also invited to the Opera Celebration Day on 4 November 2018, to take a journey into the world of opera and help launch this exciting project.


From the beginning of term we will be recruiting schools to take part in the year-long project as well as others to be involved as Audience Schools. There will be activity and resources for pupils and staff. The project is delivered through a combined programme, working with teachers and professional artists, including English Touring Opera, Glyndebourne Opera, and The Come and Sing Company.

If you are interested in taking part or to receive further information, please contact Gillian Shaw at Norfolk Music Service:

For venue access information, please visit our Accessibility page.

Music Education Hubs / Arts Organisations

We are inviting external Music Education Hubs and Arts Organisations to engage with the project development throughout the year. You will be able to take a glimpse into the entire process, from school recruitment to final performance, and receive a discounted rate on the final project resources to then be able to perform your own version of this brand new children’s opera!
Please contact Gillian Shaw for more details: