Friday, May 27, 2022

The Discover Singing primary school music projects have proven a hit with local school kids.  Photo: DGM Photographic

‘DISCOVER Singing’ is a new exciting singing initiative presented by Blackwater Valley Opera Festival (BVOF) in partnership with Music Generation Waterford.

The scheme has proven a huge success among local teachers in primary schools, who are keen for their students to experience real-life musical learning in the classroom.

The ‘Discover Singing’ project for Third and Fourth Class primary school children and their classroom teachers take part in a series of inspirational singing workshops to explore the voice, learn fun and engaging songs and work towards creating their own recorded video performance.

This project is an active participatory project with lots of singing, movement and musical exploration led by a professional team of musician educators, namely Fiona Flavin, Elizabeth Stuttard, Chloe Mills, and special guest Sandra Oman.

The ‘Discover Opera’ and ‘Discover Singing’ school programmes in partnership with BVOF and Music Generation Waterford for local primary school children have been made possible thanks to the support of the Tomar Trust. These workshops culminate in an exciting opera trail for participating schools at Lismore Castle Gardens during the annual summer festival, which commences on Tuesday next, running through to June 6.

Said Shauna McCullough, Music Development Officer at Music Generation Waterford: “Music Generation Waterford is delighted to partner with Blackwater Valley Opera Festival to bring the wonder of opera to life for local primary school children. Through exploring the music, story, and characters alongside visiting the set and meeting some of this year’s cast, this partnership has created an exciting and unique opportunity to spark children’s curiosity for opera – both on and off stage – in the classroom, and beyond the walls of Lismore Castle.”

Shauna added: “This year will also offer some performance opportunities for young musicians and a collaboration with BVOF Bursary Award Winner – flautist Amy Gillen.”

Last year, the Blackwater Valley Opera Festival and Music Generation Waterford jointly launched a new Discover Opera project for local primary schools last year.

Generously funded with the support of the Tomar Trust, the project included a series of online and classroom workshops, culminating in an exciting Discover Opera trail for participating schools at Lismore Castle during the festival.

Each year BVOF invites local children to attend the opera dress rehearsal school performance. Completely free to students and teachers from participating schools, the BVOF Schools’ Night enables students to attend full opera dress rehearsal performances.

Music Generation Waterford is part of a national partnership programme which creates inspiring experiences for children and young people through music.

If you would like your school to get involved in the Music Generation Waterford Discover Singing and Discover Opera projects in 2022/23, email: [email protected]

You can also register early interest for BVOF 2023 Schools’ Night by email: [email protected] and visit

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