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Curtain Up! Royal Opera House Education in Thurrock

ROYAL OPERA House Education in Thurrock Celebrates its work with schools at the High House Production Park on Thursday 26 May

The schools’ conference on Thursday 26 May is free to attend and is open to all teachers, school governors, arts practitioners and organizations and local authorities across the Thames Gateway.

The morning conference, as part of a full day of activities, will address the ways in which different parties can work together to enable children and young people to participate in quality arts and cultural activity as part of their education. It will celebrate the achievements and debate arts education provision in the region, and will be an opportunity to meet colleagues and identify new partnership opportunities.

The keynote speech will be delivered by Paul Reeve, Director of Education at the Royal Opera House. An expert panel of guests from across the arts and education sectors including Diana Walton, Head of Arts Awards Development, Arts Council England, Pauline Tambling, Chief Executive, National Skills Academy Creative and Cultural Skills and Councillor Jeremy Lucas, Essex County Council Cabinet member for Heritage, Culture and the Arts, will also debate participation in the arts.

In the afternoon, tours of the High House Production Park will be on offer, to see the new Bob and Tamar Manoukian Production Workshop were sets and scenery for the Covent Garden stage are made. Attendees will also be able to take part in professional development workshops including Voices of the Future which helps teachers encourage their students to sing.

This event is part of a three day Curtain Up festival taking place at venues in Southend and Writtle as well as at the High House Production Park . The festival is an opportunity for the Royal Opera House Creative Partnerships schools to share what they have achieved, and to look forward to the future education work Royal Opera House Education in Thurrock will be offering. Many schools taking part will be celebrating the work they have done with Royal Opera House Creative Partnerships since 2008.

Across the Thames Gateway and Hertford, Royal Opera House Creative Partnerships has worked with 204 schools engaging students from primary, secondary and special schools in long-term projects to effect real change and stimulate creativity across the curriculum. Curtain Up offers these schools an opportunity to share their work with exhibitions, performances and film shows demonstrating the breadth of their participation in creative activities.

For more information about the event or to register for the schools’ conference, please contact Vivienne Reynolds on 01708 892828 or email


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