St Saviour’s finished off their mini-opera about the battle for Land and Sea in some style, with an afternoon filming a concert version of the music and then some action scenes that Darren, our cameraman, will drop in. Naturally, most of the class, when asked what they had enjoyed most about the project, was filming the fight scene; but I like to think they also did very well writing melismas on glockenspiels for our fabulous visiting baritone Bradley, instinctively singing recitative-style, and creating a rip-roaring story way better than some operas can boast. I’m looking forward to seeing the results!
Back to some more customary workshops with four classes of Year 5 boys from King’s College School in Wimbledon, where they have happily created musical collages in voices and percussion inspired by street sounds that might (or might not!) have been around in Handel’s day. Here’s an example of a choral/harpsichord version!
And here's a version with added percussion to evoke church bells, footsteps, horses' hooves and carriage wheels: