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'Magna Carta - The Opera' at the Royal Albert Hall

Surrey Arts’ next major event will take place at the Royal Albert Hall on Tuesday 12 May 2015. Following a successful ‘Olympic’ themed concert in 2012, we’re delighted that the 2015 event will celebrate the 800th anniversary of the sealing of the Magna Carta in Surrey.

Surrey Arts is looking for expressions of interest from primary schools wishing to participate in ‘Magna Carta – The Opera’. This exciting arts project offers the opportunity to perform a brand new piece of music, commissioned by Surrey Arts especially to mark the Magna Carta anniversary.

Surrey Arts is delighted to have Hannah Conway on board as its composer, Karen Gillingham as director and Sir Richard Stilgoe as librettist. It is looking for a massed choir of just over 800 pupils to perform the music, alongside some of Surrey’s community choirs. In order to allow as many schools as possible to take part, there will be a limit of 60 pupils per school.

This is a major project and participating schools need to understand the commitment it entails. Schools are expected to begin learning the music, with the support of Surrey Arts' creative team, in weekly school-based rehearsals from February 2015. In addition to weekly rehearsals at your school, schools will need to attend two mass choir rehearsals (Monday 23 March and Thursday 7 May 2015) in Surrey, followed by a technical rehearsal at the Royal Albert Hall on Tuesday 12 May in the afternoon.

This project isn’t just about your pupils; it is also a fantastic learning opportunity for teachers and consequently will work best if the same teacher can be involved from the outset. Teachers will be provided with a supporting CD and expected to sing through the music with pupils in between weekly rehearsals.

Surrey Arts is happy to undertake the massive task of organisation for this event. The only things it needs schools to be responsible for are organising transport and any associated costs to and from the mass rehearsals and Royal Albert Hall, as well as providing adequate rehearsal space (school hall or a large flexible room) and staff supervision for pupils throughout the project. It will also ask your school and/or pupils to make a financial contribution to cover the cost of t-shirts for the performance at £6 for each participant although we are hoping that we may find a sponsor to reduce this cost. Finally, and most importantly, an enthusiasm to learn all about the Magna Carta, to be creative and try out new things in this exciting project!

Places are limited and Surrey Arts is looking for an even geographic spread of schools from across the county. If you would like your school to take part please contact Paula Camp for an application form which needs to be returned by 30 May 2014.

We were overwhelmed by the response in 2012, so please reply as soon as possible. We do hope that you will join in for what promises to be a spectacular evening of music making!

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