Everything in the world lives and grows, and our art is no different. We must feed and nurture it to survive. That means working with children, supporting young artists and creatives, and inspiring and giving opportunities to the people who will sustain the arts in the future.
A tree is only as strong as its roots.
In 2023 we launched our Education Programme. Four music teachers at different Essex primary schools—Queen Boudica, Bocking, Braiswick, and Lyons Hall—worked with our Education Manager, Rebecca Milford, to share their insight into the musical barriers, goals, and ideas they have in their schools.
Based on these conversations, we created six diverse, creative, and dynamic music lessons about our Summer Opera, Donizetti's The Elixir of Love, to be taught over the summer term. The goal of the lessons—to give students the tools to learn, create and explore its music, plot, and characters, with activities that cover many aspects of the music curriculum, while empowering and informing the teachers who deliver them.
Our team then attended each school to deliver workshops that would get them singing, moving, acting, and performing, before bringing everything together, with over 300 young people attending our dress rehearsal of The Elixir of Love at Layer Marney Tower.
We are expanding this programme nationwide alongside our tour of Mozart's The Magic Flute in Summer 2024.
We would like to thank all of our funders—including Essex County Council, Essex Community Foundation, FSJ, and Hervey Benham—as well as our Sponsors and Friends, for making this programme possible. Their support has allowed us to achieve our commitment to enriching the lives of young people through the power of music, and together we are continuing to inspire and empower the next generation of musicians, performers, and music lovers.
We are truly excited about the future of opera. We hope you are too.
Wild Arts offer annual paid work experience / apprenticeship opportunities to everyone between the ages of 18 and 30, including:
Please email us to find out more and to register your interest in any of the above areas.
The Wild Arts Young Artists programme, offers between four and six singers the opportunity to:
Please email us to find out more
Our visiting musicians have offered inspirational, interactive recitals and workshops to primary and secondary schools, and provided an insight concert to more advanced GCSE and A level students. These interactive performances have come hand in hand with more practical learning - linking to the national Curriculum for Key Stages 1 & 2 across music, art and literacy working with schools to create bespoke workshops.
We are incredibly proud of these programmes, and as we build under the combined banner of Wild Arts, we look forward to reviving them: same faces, same focus, with an even wider impact than before.
Watch this space!