Patrick Hawes’ A King’s Ransom
Into opera & The britten sinfonia at norwich open
A King’s Ransom reimagines the story of Robin Hood. But, there’s just one problem… where’s Robin? Faced with the threats of the soldiers, and their King imprisoned, what will the villagers do when Robin can’t be found?
Into Opera and Britten Sinfonia unite with 160 children from four schools in Norfolk to tell this extraordinary story.
Into Opera offered four primary schools in Norfolk the opportunity to participate in the professional world premiere of an opera, written especially for children aged 7-11 to perform, by renowned classical composer, Patrick Hawes. The experience included a 13 week artistic residency in the four primary schools selected. Into Opera offered key stage two pupils the chance to work closely with the opera’s composer, librettist, orchestra, stage director, designer and choreographer on a weekly basis. The aim is for the project was to provide a unique, engaging and accessible introduction to opera and all that it encompasses: classical music, drama, dance, the written word and stage design.