For most of the visiting class this is their first experience of live opera. They learn through participative sessions that opera is a synthesis of many different art forms. Two members of the ENO chorus sing arias from the opera, and help the students analyse the plot.
Meanwhile, in Lowestoft, a Year 8 class is invited to watch the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra rehearsing for a symphony concert that includes Elgar’s Enigma Variations. The RPO has an active education programme, fostering an interest in classical music and concert-going. This is an opportunity for pupils to experience for the first time the excitement of a world-class orchestral performance, and to see how the conductor imprints his own interpretation on the works.