There’s only two weeks left for Norfolk schools to apply to be in my Children’s Opera in association with Into Opera!

The opera, A King’s Ransom, offers an unusual twist on the well-known story of Robin Hood.  It explores what happens when Robin is unable to save the day and instead the community must look within itself for answers to its problems.  

The opera was originally written in 1994 and, twenty-one years on, Patrick and brother Andy, the opera’s librettist, have returned to this work with fresh eyes and are collaborating with Into Opera to revise and expand the work.  Together they aim to develop A King’s Ransom into a National Education Project.  Into Opera are embarking on this journey in partnership with the Prince’s Foundation for Children and the Arts.

A King’s Ransom is an opera written especially for children to sing.  Each time this opera is staged we aim to work with four schools; integrating, collaborating, working side by side and learning from each other with this opera at its core.  The characters in the opera clearly split into four chorus sections: the villagers, soldiers, bagmen and masons.  Each of these chorus sections will be sung by a separate school.  

So, if you’re a school in Norfolk with Key Stage 2 pupils and want to find out more, email: for info.  

The opera is being launched in early 2018 in Norfolk and performances around the nation will follow.  For more information on the opera visit the Into Opera website