Royal Opera House Teacher Workshops

Teacher Training Opportunities this Season at the Royal Opera House

The Royal Opera House’s Learning and Participation programmes place creative learning at the centre of every child’s education, attainment and experience. Our online resources, written by experienced teachers, provide high quality, inspirational materials that can be adapted to all classrooms and student abilities.

Explore the programmes and develop your skills at our CPD days at the Royal Opera House in July, which will provide:

• imaginative classroom creative activities based on dance and singing.

• digital resources to use in ways that suit the needs of your students.

• a 10, 5 or 2 week scheme of work aligned to the National Curriculum.

Upcoming workshops:

Create and Sing Hansel and Gretel Teacher CPD:  Friday 1 March 2018, 9am – 3.30pm

Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 9DD

Following on from our first national dramatic singing programme, Create and Sing Carmen, we are pleased to announce that we are running our first ever teacher CPD workshop on our next programme in the series: Create and Sing Hansel and Gretel. This is part of a free programme for schools across the country. Based on Engelbert Humperdinck’s world-famous opera Hansel and Gretel, this Key Stage 1 and 2 singing project will inspire a generation of schoolchildren to engage with opera through story, character and song.

To equip teachers to deliver this programme within their schools, we are running a free CPD workshop led by a professional director and vocal leader at the Royal Opera House on Friday 1 March 2019 from 10am – 3.30pm.

The CPD session introduces teachers to the story of Hansel and Gretel and the key characters through a variety of creative drama and singing exercises and will cover five numbers from the production which have been specifically adapted for a primary audience.

Through this session, teachers are given the opportunity to explore creatively how they can deliver this project over a 10-week period with their school, which culminates in putting on your own performance of Hansel and Gretel. The CPD will cover areas such as:

  • Dramatic Singing
  • Theatrical staging
  • Primary music pedagogy
  • Basic conducting technique


For more information or to sign up, please email:

When signing up, please email us with the following information:

  • The name(s) of who will be attending and their email address(es)
  • What year group you teach
  • How many children are in your class

Design Challenge CPD: Friday 21 June 2019, 10am – 3pm

Paul Hamlyn Hall, Royal Opera House, Bow Street, London, WC2E 9DD

The Royal Opera House’s world class opera and ballet productions are brought to life on its world-famous Covent Garden stage through the amazing work of designers, artists and craft makers who create and manufacture the sets and costumes for the productions. The annual Design Challenge competition gives students from institutions across the UK the opportunity to test and develop their design skills, based around an opera or ballet production. On Friday 21 June, we will be launching the Design Challenge 2019 project. The morning will focus on the new repertoire for the 2018/19 project, and the afternoon will present a CPD full of practical activities that you can deliver with your students to support them with the project.

This CPD is suitable for teachers delivering Design Challenge at FE level or at GCSE Level.*

*Design Challenge (FE) students will follow one of four pathways: Set Design, Costume Design, Marketing Strategy and Design, or Hair, Wigs and Make Up Design.

*Design Challenge (Secondary) students will follow one of two pathways: Set Design or Costume Design.

To register your interest in attending this CPD, please email with your name, your school/college name and the course which you wish to deliver.

Design Challenge is generously supported by the Mohn Westlake Foundation.

For further information about our other Learning programmes, please visit our learning platform.

Create and Sing is generously supported by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, Ernest Cook Trust, David and Elaine Potter Foundation, Mohn Westlake Foundation, Teale Foundation and an anonymous foundation.