A King’s Ransom


Composed by Patrick Hawes    |    Libretto by Andrew Hawes                             

Four primary schools in Norfolk are set to participate in the professional world premiere of an opera, written especially for children aged 7-11 to perform, by renowned classical composer, Patrick Hawes.

A King’s Ransom, reimagines the story of Robin Hood, exploring what happens when Robin is unable to save the day. The performance will take place at the Norwich performance venue OPEN Norwich on the 1st and 2nd February 2018 and the children will have the opportunity to perform alongside the Britten Sinfonia

This experience will include a 15 week artistic residency in the four primary schools selected. Into Opera will provide key stage two pupils with the chance to work closely with the opera’s composer, librettist, orchestra, stage director, designer and choreographer on a weekly basis.

Our aim is for this project to provide a unique, engaging and accessible introduction to opera and all that it encompasses: classical music, drama, dance, the written word and stage design.

We are delighted to announce that the four schools we will be collaborating with are:

Avenue Junior School

St. George’s Primary School

Sprowston Junior School

St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Primary School

This project is enabling the above schools to work towards gaining their Arts Mark and Arts Awards. The same is the case for six further schools who are a part of this project via an audience schools scheme.

A King’s Ransom was officially launched on Tuesday 19th September 2017 – to read a report about this launch event please click here.