High note for Huttoft school at garden party

Pupils from Huttoft Primary School with Natalie Montakhab, soprano in Garsington Opera Choir EMN-160627-135729001
Pupils from Huttoft Primary School with Natalie Montakhab, soprano in Garsington Opera Choir EMN-160627-135729001
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A singing and opera workshop has been the high note of the SO Festival for two local schools .

Partney C of E Aided School and Huttoft Primary School were visited by members of the Garsington Opera last week.

The workshop was part of Opera For All, which aims to make the arts more accessible, especially in small coastal communities.Hannah Elder from Opera For All said: “Our team of professionals, including two opera singers, visited each of the schools, introducing students to new skills, exploring opera with them and getting them ready for their performances at SO Festival.”

On Saturday, pupils from both schools performed alongside Garsington Opera in a special garden party as part of the festival.

There was free tea and cake at the garden party, and together with Garsington 
Opera, pupils performed Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin.

SO Festival director Lorna Fulton said: “SO Festival is all about getting families involved with the arts, so we are very pleased that Garsington Opera is going to be giving so many local children the opportunity to try something different.”

In 2014, SO Festival was awarded National Portolio Funding from Arts Council England to continue promoting festivals and entertainment to audiences who have yet been able to 
experience art festivals and events.