Carmen! Performance at London's Olympic Park

/ Categories: News, Press Releases

Carmen! Performance at London's Olympic Park

Last night, pupils from The Hurlingham Academy took to the stage at the Copper Box Arena to perform in a fantastic production of Carmen! alongside their peers from United Learning’s national group of schools.


The pupils joined over 1,000 others for the unique performance of the ‘Choice of Don Jose’ from Bizet’s Carmen! at the Olympic Park.  Their performance is the culmination of a year’s partnership between United Learning, of which The Hurlingham Academy is a part, the Royal Opera House, The Voices Foundation and the English Pocket Opera Company.


Using the Royal Opera House’s Create and Sing learning resources and with teacher training delivered by The Voices Foundation, the pupils at The Hurlingham Academy were introduced to opera. Over the past few months, they have immersed themselves in the world of opera, listening and learning to understand the genre, and even more impressively, delivering their very own operatic performance of Carmen!


The colourful and energetic performance, which was staged and directed by the English Pocket Opera Company, delighted over 700 spectators including parents and guests from the world of opera, music and education.  The pupils used the knowledge and skills they acquired through the rehearsal process to deliver an unforgettable performance and came away feeling proud and inspired to continue nurturing their musical abilities.


Conaugh Clarke, a teacher at The Hurlingham Academy, said:


“The project was a great opportunity for our students to be able to perform with their peers from schools across United Learning and see that they are part of a bigger network. It’s so important for students to have a genuine performance space so getting the chance to showcase their talents at the Copper Box Arena was incredible – something very special for them to remember.”


Charlotte May, a student at The Hurlingham Academy, said:


“I really enjoyed taking part in Carmen – it was so much fun being able to sing in such a big group and with professionals singers as well!”


Penelope Palmer, another student from the academy, added:


“I’ve never done opera before so it was amazing to try it out. I especially loved being able to be creative while we were singing and acting.”


Catherine Barker, Head of Music and Performing Arts at United Learning, said:


“All of the pupils gave a superb performance in which their new-found love of opera really shone through.  The sound of 1,000 pupils singing together was mesmerising and was a true celebration of music.  Congratulations to all the pupils who sang and performed magnificently and thank you to our fantastic staff for throwing themselves into this ambitious project with such enthusiasm.


“We are fortunate to have been able to partner with the Royal Opera House, The Voices Foundation and the English Pocket Opera Company for this project.  With their support, expertise and resources, we were able to give our pupils the very best musical learning opportunities and plant the seeds for a lifelong love of opera and musical performance.


“Projects like these which teach pupils new skills, broaden their horizons and give them memorable experiences are part of United Learning’s commitment to deliver an Education with Character.  As well as introducing our pupils to a new genre of music, this project has given them the opportunity to perform in a fantastic venue, collaborate with their peers from across the country and be part of a special celebration of talent and creativity.  I am delighted that we have been able to provide this for our pupils and I look forward to seeing them build on this experience as they develop into confident, articulate and ambitious young adults.”



Previous Article
Students Perform Onstage at The Royal Opera House
Next Article
GCSE Success Continues At The Hurlingham Academy


Weekly Newsletters

Newsletter 19.07.24

Just like that another school year is over. I know I always say it, but I cannot believe how quickly the past couple of weeks have gone- it feels like we have only just finished GCSEs and the end of term is already here. It must be because of the action packed schedule we have had over the last few weeks.

Newsletter 12.07.24

Good afternoon everyone, what a week we have had as we have all left The Hurlingham Academy behind and been learning across the city! Y10 have done us proud on work experience! Ms. Mackay and Ms. Morris have visited so many great businesses and organisations and seen our Y10 students hard at work.

Newsletter 05.07.24

Good afternoon everyone, Please could I ask you to consider donating a tin or packet of biscuits to our Food Bank? We are launching this again as the summer holidays can be extremely difficult for many of our school families as well as those in the wider community.

Newsletter 28.06.24

So many highlights this week! Firstly, thank you to the parents who came to support our Y9s graduating. It was a lovely celebration and we are confident that they will take the transition to KS4 with confidence and also successfully.

Newsletter 21.06.24

Good afternoon everyone! Last night was our annual Y11 Prom and it was brilliant to see all our Y11 students dressed up so beautifully for the occasion. It was held at The Copthorne Tara Hotel in Kensington and our students thoroughly enjoyed the venue and behaved very maturely.

Newsletter 14.06.24

Y11 left us this week as they completed the last big exam and we saw them off with the Circle of Truth and shirt signing. It is now the Y10s who step up to lead the school as role models and support to the younger years.

Newsletter 07.06.24

I hope you all have had a lovely half term. It has been wonderful to have the students back in school and there is a real buzz around the assessments which start next week.

Newsletter 24.05.24

Good afternoon everyone! The highlight of this week was a guest speaker who came into Year 7 assembly to talk about his father, John Smythe.

Newsletter 17.05.24

Good afternoon everyone, The highlight for many students this week were the trips that took place.

Newsletter 10.05.24

Year 8 Food styling, South West London College transition support, Mental Health Awareness Week, Trip to Chelsea, Key dates and more

United Learning comprises: United Learning Ltd (Registered in England No: 00018582. Charity No. 313999) UCST (Registered in England No: 2780748. Charity No. 1016538) and ULT (Registered in England No. 4439859. An Exempt Charity). Companies limited by guarantee. Registered address: United Learning, Worldwide House, Thorpe Wood, Peterborough, PE3 6SB.

Financial Accountability and Freedom of Information
Website Terms, Cookies and Privacy

United Learning