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Schools' Matinees

The Taylor Family Foundation Schools' Matinees 2014/15 Season

Giving young people unforgettable experiences with £7.50 tickets to the world’s best ballet and opera.

What's on?

Monday 8 June 2015, 12 noon
Applications now closed

If you have any questions, please contact us on 020 7212 9410 or email us

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What are The Taylor Family Foundation Schools’ Matinees?

Every year the Schools’ Matinees programme gives teachers the opportunity to bring their students, aged 8-18, to special matinee performances of six of the season’s Royal Opera House productions.
As an incredible opportunity to introduce young people to the world-class ballet and opera produced by the Royal Opera House, our Schools’ Matinees are hugely popular and reach over 10,000 school children from across the UK each year.

All of our Schools’ Matinees can be used to support KS2, KS3 and KS4 English, Art and Design, PE, Drama and Music curriculum.

How much are tickets?

Tickets are just £7.50 each for both students and teachers.

Royal Opera House tickets are not VAT applicable

How does ticketing work?

Please note that completing the Schools’ Matinee online application form does not constitute a booking. Tickets are allocated based on a set of criteria, which include type of school, frequency of previous attendance, success rate of former applications from your school, and location; with priority given to first-time attendees and state schools outside London.

All schools will be contacted with confirmation of success or refusal of allocation within a month of the application deadline. It is at this point that payment will be requested if your school has been allocated tickets.

Can I get help with my school’s travel costs?

We may also be able to assist you with your travel costs with a travel grant, made possible by The Taylor Family Foundation, which you can apply for at the same time as applying for your tickets.

The Matinee performance was simply stunning. Our students were instantly engaged with the storyline and performance. There were even a few tears.’

Head of Dance, King Richard School, Portsmouth

Thinking about applying?

It is not possible to save and return to this application form, so please ensure you have adequate time to complete it. We envisage completing the form will take around 20 minutes. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

You will be asked to provide three key objectives of your visit to the Royal Opera House and some brief details of the preparatory work you will do with your students, so you may want to finalise these before beginning the form.

Please note:

  • Required teacher/adult to student ratio is 1:10, but each student in a wheelchair must have an adult helper included in the total ticket requirement.
  • The Royal Opera House is accessible to all and wheelchair spaces are available for every performance. Further access information.

Questions? Get in Touch.


Phone: +44 (0)20 7212 9684

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