Cambridge Handel Opera Company aims to inspire people of all ages and backgrounds with the excitement and passion of baroque opera. We do this by working with local schools, providing opportunities for music students to perform alongside professionals, and through our distinctive study afternoons.

Work with schools

CHOC’s creative learning projects with schools began in 2018 with two workshops for the Parkside Federation of three state secondary schools in Cambridge. Artistic Director Julian Perkins was joined by two colleagues who led workshops in which over thirty students were encouraged to participate whatever their musical expertise. Students, parents and teachers were invited to the dress rehearsal of CHOC’s Rodelinda and one of the students took on an acting role in the production itself.

If you would like to organise a CHOC workshop in a school or community setting please email our Company Manager by clicking the Contact Us button.

Work with advanced music students

CHOC’s orchestra provides advanced music students with a rare opportunity to rehearse and perform alongside leading players in a complete professional production of a baroque opera. For CHOC’s Rodelinda, principals from Sounds Baroque mentored and performed alongside talented students from Cambridge University, the Guildhall School of Music & Drama (GSMD), the Royal College of Music (RCM), the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama and Utrechts Conservatorium. In addition to performing in the opera, the students featured as soloists and chamber musicians with Julian Perkins in a Showcase Concert.

Study Afternoons

Alongside opportunities to attend dress rehearsals CHOC’s illuminating study afternoons go beyond the usual pre-performance talk by giving audiences the opportunity to engage with expert commentators, performers and creative artists who are keen to share their in-depth understanding. For Handel’s Rodelinda, the panel chaired by Dr Ruth Smith comprised Professor David Kimbell, Dr Andrew Jones, Dr Lawrence Zazzo, Julian Perkins (artistic director) and Max Hoehn (stage director).

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