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Family fun at Sounding Out week

By Royal Opera House

14 June 2011 at 1.55pm | Comment on this article

The Opera House was abuzz with young voices last week as hundreds of children crowded into the building for a week of music, dance and design events.

On Monday 30 May, 400 children and their families came to the free family open day. They took part in activities on a watery theme ‘from the river to the sea’ – dancing, singing, playing music, designing sets. One fortunate dad was selected for a complete makeover and transformed into the evil owl-king sorcerer Von Rothbart from the ballet classic Swan Lake, complete with feathery black Mohican and full white face paint.

Auditorium transformed into blue oasis

The Royal Opera House’s huge amphitheatre gallery was unrecognisable on the day - transformed into a blue oasis where sound artist Duncan Chapman and singer Isabel Jones created an improvised soundscape. They processed recordings of water-related opera and ballet repertoire  and live recordings of the families dipping a gong in water, blowing bubbles and speaking and singing into microphones. Listen to some of the sounds.

Check out our short video, to see all the fun of the day:

Date for your diary

If you missed Sounding Out this year - don’t worry; it will be back next year during the summer half term!

More information about our family events.

By Royal Opera House

14 June 2011 at 1.55pm

This article has been categorised Ballet, Opera and tagged Duncan Chapman, Education, Family Fun day, Isabel Jones

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