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Royal Opera House Chief Executive and High House Production Park Chairman Alex Beard together with Andrea Stark, Chief Executive of the HHPP, led the tour taking in Backstage Centre where students from South Essex College were learning lighting and sound production skills, as well as visiting resident artists in the Acme Studios High House Artists' studios before making their way to the Royal Opera House’s Bob and Tamar Manoukian Production Workshop.
This was the first building to open on the Park and the ROH has run a learning and community engagement programme in the area since 2007 which has seen more than 40,000 people get involved from the local area.
The royal visitors met staff, students, members of the community and the Manoukian family and saw scenery being painted for Christopher Wheeldon's new Royal Ballet production of The Winter's Tale.
The Prince joked that he'd gladly offer his services to the Thurrock Community Chorus but doubted that his voice would be up to the standard required.
The Prince of Wales is the patron of The Royal Opera and President of The Royal Ballet.