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Love for Three Oranges Hamlet Bess of Hardwick The Tudors Maamulaha Christmas Concert
National Portrait Gallery Brentfield Primary School      

Participating Schools: Aldersbrook Primary School; Arnhem Wharf Primary School; Betty Layward Primary School; Cayley Primary School;Children's House Nursery School; Christ Church Primary School; Clapton Girls Technology College; Clara Grant Primary School; Coppetts Wood Primary School; Coston Primary School; Culloden Primary School; Featherstone High School; Featherstone Primary & Nursery Schools; Grasmere Primary School; Harry Gosling Primary School; Hawley Infants School; Hobbayne Primary School; Jubilee Primary School; Kingsmead School; Mandeville Primary School; Martin Primary School; Melcombe Primary School; Park Walk Primary School; St Ann's Special School; St John of Jerusalem CE Primary; Stewart Headlam Primary School; Tetherdown Primary School; Tyssen Community School; West Acton Primary School; William Patten Primary School; Wood End Infant School; Active Learning Childcare; Alice Model Nursery School; Albion Primary School; Allenby Primary School; Ambler Primary; Ashmount Community School; Bigland Green Primary School; Brunswick Park School; Canonbury Primary School; Drayton Park Primary; Edward Wilson Primary School; Elmhurst Primary School; George Street Primary School; Hobbayne Primary School; Hugh Myddelton Primary; Jubilee Primary; Lawdale Junior School; Newington Green Primary; New North Community School; North Islington Nursery; Our Lady of Dolours Primary School; Pooles Park Primary School; St John Evangelist Primary School; St Peter's Primary School; Stepney Greencoat CE Primary; The Children's House Upper School; The Villa Preparatory School; Winton Primary School.
Cast Ee Ping Yee (Fata Morgana); Charne Rochford (The Prince); Olivia Ray (Smeraldina); Deryck Hamon (The King/Chelio/Creonta); Tom Raskin, Richard Roberts (Truffaldino);Louise Mott, Carole Rowlands (Clarissa, Linetta) Wyn Pencarreg (Leandro/Farfarello) Helen Winter (Ninetta).
Orchestra: Jonathan Gale (Conductor and Piano); David Brodowski (Violin); Vanessa Lucas-Smith (Cello); Ben Griffiths (Flute); Louise Watson (Bassoon); Charlotte Bradburn (Saxophone); Kai Hoffman (French Horn); Joel Farland (Percussion).
Animateurs Charlotte White, Louise Leonard, Robbie Bonar (Drama Workshop Leaders); Zara Nunn, Lyndall Dawson, Tyrone Landau, Francesca Matthews, Lisa Byrnes (Music Workshop Leaders); Stephanie Newell-Price, Ana Gunny, Ginny Jory, Maria Austin, Natalie Martin, Elaine Standish, Marcia Sparks (Art Workshop Leaders - in association with Chaos Art Club).
Artistic Team Mark Tinkler (Director); Annabel Lee (Designer); Glen Snowdon (Choreographer);Mark Jones (Wardrobe supervisor); Hannah Smallman (Assistant Director); Tish Melhuish (Costume & Props Assistant); Linda Neuen (General Assistant).
Performance Venues: Britten Theatre, Royal College of Music London; Unicorn Theatre, London Bridge, London.
Project supported by: Peter Moores Foundation; Lynn Foundation; Arts & Business; Junior League of London; City of London; Headley Trust; D’Oyly Carte; Andor Trust; Ealing Music Services; Hackney Music Services; The Mercer’s Company; The Foyle Foundation: The City of London.


A project involving 60 schools in a varied range of singing, acting, film, composition and design workshops culminating in performing and exhibition opportunities for children alongside professional singers and orchestra at the Royal College of Music and Unicorn Theatre.

"One week later and Evie still remembers her introduction to Prokofiev. “Down with laughter. What we want is lots of blood and gore,” she chirrups over her Coco Pops. Next week we'll mainly be listening to Wagner."

Emma Bond. The Times. 14th March 2008

“After some initial anxiety we found the workshops brilliant. The kids loved it and we now have three year olds walking around singing Prokofiev, let’s hope we get OFSTED soon."

Head Teacher, Children’s House Nursery School

“This is just a quick e mail to say 'hurray' and 'thanks' for the whole school workshop. As you know, our students all have severe special needs and the opera workshop today was nothing short of brilliant. The three guys were amazing and the students, and staff, thoroughly enjoyed the interactive session!”

Teacher, St Ann's Special School

“Have just returned from Hobbayne to go and watch your team perform their presentation to KS2! Absolutely superb!   Please congratulate all involved – they kept the children on side and motivated throughout and chatting to some of those who will be doing the workshops afterwards they are really fired up about the whole enterprise!.”

Teacher, Hobbayne Primary School


To see some photos of EPOC’s Love of Three Oranges Project click the logo below

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Participating Schools: Columbia Primary School; Bangabandhu Primary School; Mayflower Primary School; Osmani Primary School; Globe  Primary School; Bonner Primary School; Blue Gate Fields Primary School; Redlands Primary School; Bygrove Primary School; Bigland Green Primary School; Canon Barnett Primary School.
Cast Olivia Safe (Ophelia); James McOran Campbell (Hamlet); Charles Johnston (Claudius); Carol Rowlands (Gertrude); Peter Sowerbutts (Actor/The Gravedigger).
Animateurs Jon Shenoy, Tyrone Landau, Dan Ecclestone, Kerry Andrew, Francesca Matthews.
Artistic Team Ian Mackenzie-Thurley (Director); Magnus Gilljam (Musical Director); Adam Carree (Lighting Designer); Alice Hebdon, Urszula Koruin-Uochanoslia Poppy Flint Asa Norling Malwina Chabocka, Evangelia Katechi, Juiliette Jeanclaude, Bex Crofton-Atikins, Jacqueline Yeung (Designers).
Performance Venues: Cochrane Theatre, London; Brady Centre, Tower Hamlets.
Partner/s Central St. Martin’s, University of the Arts, London.
Project supported by: Lynn Foundation; City of London; Headley Trust; Andor Trust; The Mercer’s Company; The Foyle Foundation: Garfield Weston Foundatio;, The Goldsmiths’ Company; D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust;


A one-term East London project for 700 Year 5 & 6 children, which used an abridged, interactive performance of Ambroise Thomas’ operatic version of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, to inspire the creation and performance of children’s own ‘Tower’ Hamlet operas. The project involved INSET for teachers, attendance at professional performances of the opera, in-school composition workshops and performances.

"Though commissioned for just a few shows before it becomes the basis of an educational project, this is a surprisingly moving production. Nine ‘design for performance’ students also see their concepts come to life. Ian MacKenzie-Thurley, who also adapted the text, gets astonishing performances from his cast. Baritone James McOran Campbell sings stunningly. If the students’ contribution is anything to go by, there are exciting times ahead for theatre design."

The Stage

“Fantastic, well organised, planned workshops. Thoroughly enjoyable.”

Teacher, Osmani Primary School

“It brought Hamlet to Life!”

Teacher, Mayflower Primary School

“Thanks for a wonderful project.”

Teacher, Bangabandhu Primary School


To read more about our work with Central St. Martin’s see EPOC and CSM in the Partners section of the website.

To see photos of EPOC’s Hamlet project click the logo below

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Bess of Hardwick

A major new oratorio More Glass Than Wall was commissioned to mark the 400th anniversary of the death of Bess of Hardwick. It was written for the people of Derby and Derbyshire by former Derbyshire Poet Laureate Cathy Grindrod and composer James Redwood. The piece was written for a massed children’s choir, two vocal soloists and professional orchestra of 27 players, who took audiences on a journey through the fascinating life of Bess of Hardwick. The 180 children performing in the oratorio contributed to the composition with their own music and words.

Participants Children’s Music Workshop; Derby City Council; Derbyshire County Council; Bolsover District Council; The National Trust; sinfonia ViVA; and Orchestras Live
Participating Schools: Asterdale Primary School, Derby; Creswell Junior School, Worksop, Derbs; Heritage Mathematics and Computing Specialist School, Clowne, Derbs; Hodthorpe Primary School, Worksop, Notts; Springfield Primary School, Derby; and West Park School, Spondon, Derby.
Performance Venues: Assembly Rooms, Derby; Hardwick Hall, Derbyshire.
Project supported by: The Heritage Lottery Fund; Bolsover District Council; Rolls-Royce plc; Derbyshire Community Foundation; Local Network Fund; Bridging the Gap; The Foyle Foundation; The Cumberland Trust; The Gladys Jones Charitable Trust; The Mercers Charitable Foundation; Allan and Nesta Ferguson Charitable Settlement; The John Thaw Foundation; Angus Allnatt Charitable Foundation; Performing Rights Society; Foundation for New Music; Ernest Cook Foundation; Orchestras Live; Derbyshire County Council; and Derby City Council.
Artists and performers: 180 children; 27 members of sinfonia VIVA; James Redwood; David Laurence (Conductor); Sophie Grimmer (Soprano); Robert Davies (Baritone); and Jack Ross (animateur).


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The Tudors

Children from 10 Tower Hamlets primary schools were introduced to the themes and music of the Tudor era with an interactive visit to the Tower of London as an inspiration to compose their own works and impressions of the personalities and the era. Developed over ten years it is for primary schools where English is a second or third language for the majority of children. It is a year-long, theme-adaptable project, designed to develop enthusiasm amongst participants for literacy and language through the sister arts of music and song. Systematic, ongoing development of general musicianship, singing and performing skills were designed to further enable children to express their ideas and feelings in English. A theme for the project The Tudors was adopted and a new work for the participants commissioned from composer Cameron Sinclair. This year, children performed their works to the accompaniment of a professional brass ensemble alongside new songs by Cameron Sinclair; a performance process that began at the Tower of London, processed over Tower Bridge and concluded at the Scoop, outside the Mayor of London’s offices.

Supported by: The Lynn Foundation; City of London; Headley Trust; Andor Trust; The Mercer’s Company; The Foyle Foundation: Garfield Weston Foundatio;, The Goldsmiths’ Company; D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust;


To see photos of EPOC’s The Tudors project click the logo below


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Maamulaha Christmas Concert
Union Chapel Dec 08


Participants 240 children from 8 x Maamulaha schools: Winton, St John Evangelist, Canonbury, Newington Green, Drayton Park, Ashmount, New North & Pooles Park
Partners Maamulaha association of head teachers
Animateurs Pete Letanka
Performers 240 children, Music Teachers orchestea, Pete Letanka and his 4-piece Jazz combo and an organist


Maamulaha is an EIP made up of 12 Islington schools. This event featured eight of the schools in a Christmas choral celebration featuring choirs from all the schools, their staff, parents, pupils and governors. The event featured:

  • Father Christmas’ Sing-a-long Carols,
  • 4 newly commissioned Christmas songs with words and tunes by children written with Pete Letanka and accompanied by a Jazz quartet. These four songs will be the founding songs of the new Maamulaha book of carols.
  • Hallelujah chorus (like never before!)
  • The impressive sounds of the Union Chapel Harrison Organ,
  • Maamulaha Music Teachers Orchestra

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National Portrait Gallery

Sept 2008 was the last outing for this long running ex-CMW project. The one-day project encouraged children to compose music inspired by visual art. On arrival, pupils were introduced by gallery education staff to a portrait and invited to establish what they thought about it, the sitter, the artist, the period, the style, the intention etc. A composer brainstormed musical and literary ideas with participants which then formed the basis of a composition performed in the gallery next to the original portrait.

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Brentfield Primary School


Participants 180 children from years 4, 5 and 6 from Brentfield Primary School.
Partners Brentfield Primary School.
Animateurs Louise Leonard, Elizabeth Traill
Placement Students Katie Edmeadys, Emma Huet


For the third year running Music Platform returned workshops and performances with Brentfield Primary School to sing, write, compose and perform with 200 children - all the year 3’s, 4’s, 5’s and 6’s.

“The use of outside groups to provide inspirational sessions each week for pupils is a highly effective innovation. During the inspection, pupils' performing arts skills and self-confidence were boosted as they worked with a visiting opera group. Such experiences, combined with a judiciously considered curriculum, underpin pupils' excellent cultural development.”

Ofsted Report. (after visit by EPOC)  for Brentfield School 2008


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