Pupils return to share a love of opera

Girls at Farlington School enjoying an opera workshop
Girls at Farlington School enjoying an opera workshop

GIRLS at Farlington School near Broadbridge Heath were in fine voice when they took part in an intensive one-day opera workshop.

The workshop was organised by Opera Holloway, a self-funding company set up by students from Royal Holloway University. Two of its members, Alice Pollock and Caroline Swarbrick, are former pupils of Farlington.

In order to raise funds for their June production the company organised a workshop with two choirs from Farlington – Junior Choir (Years 3-6) and Glee Club (Years 7-9).

The girls had to learn three songs with movement in just the one day.

All their hard work resulted in a ‘sensational’ gala concert on the same evening.

Farlington’s fine young singers rose to the challenge and the audience heard a wonderful version of the ‘Children’s Chorus’ from Bizet’s ‘Carmen’ by the junior choir, ‘Habanera’ performed with excellent actions by the Glee Club and a rousing finale of the ‘Toreador’s Song’ involving everyone.

Throughout the workshop the girls were coached and encouraged by the excellent nine-strong team from Royal Holloway led by Lewis Gaston.

Both pupils and audience alike were treated to solo performances from the young adult singers which were inspiring.

Highlights included ‘Non So Piu’ from ‘The Marriage of Figaro’ sung by Farlington’s Caroline Swarbrick and an excellent vocal trio from the same opera performed by James Proctor, Sarah Killian and Maria Listra.

The girls thoroughly enjoyed the experience and Siana Giles’ comment summed up how many of them felt: “It was really fun! I loved the Toreador song and how we got to scream at Jake. The atmosphere was brilliant.”