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Sounding Out

Please note: this project has now finished. For details about current projects, visit the Learning and Participation section of our website.

Every year at Sounding Out the Royal Opera House opened its doors to families, children and young people and encouraged them to push the boundaries of their creativity.

A week-long programme packed full of inspirational workshops, events and activities, it brought people together in creative spaces with professionals from the Arts industry.

This is a film created by participants of  Sounding Out combining music, movement, design and puppetry with influences from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.

The programme took place at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden and the High House Production Park in Thurrock. Different areas of theatre and performance were open to the public, including:

Making and creating characters.

Making music
Working with a composer to create an original score.

Instruments from the orchestra
Trying out some of the instruments used in ballets and operas, from playing a tune on a piccolo to combining clarinets with castanets,

Telling stories in interesting ways, whether it be writing, dancing or mime.

Trying painting, modelling, sculpting and building and working with the professional designers who create scenery, costumes and props for the main stage productions.

Creating movement
Working with a choreographer to make original movement and dance, telling stories through music.

Each year, Sounding Out varied with different workshops, exhibitions and Artists involved in the programme. It was a week long course, usually held during the spring half term.

Sounding Out was kindly supported by the Paul Hamlyn Education Fund.