Monday, April 22, 2024

Young Thurrock voices lead the singing at Governors’ Conference

ROYAL Opera House Young Vocal Leaders invited school governors from across Thurrock to join in a singing workshop on Saturday 23 April at High House Production Park.

The governors met at High House Production Park for an ‘Innovative Governance’ training conference. They took part in an interactive singing workshop led by the Royal Opera House Young Vocal Leaders, 14 students who have undertaken vocal and leadership training over the last six months with professionals from the Royal Opera House. They have created new singing groups and worked with their own choirs, passing on their new skills and encouraging singing across the borough, as well as performing as an ensemble.

The governors were also treated to a performance from Grays Convent High School students who presented part of their school show, ‘Hairspray.’

Gabrielle Forster-Still, Deputy Head of Learning Royal Opera House Thurrock spoke to the governors about cultural entitlement for young people and particularly the Thurrock Trailblazer programme which is run in Thurrock schools by the Royal Opera House in partnership with Thurrock Council.

Andrea Winstone, School Improvement Manager, Children’s Services said “Governors who attended the annual governor conference were enthralled and impressed by the confidence and skills of the wonderful Young Vocal Leaders. The young people led the governors in song and very impressively managed to get them sounding pretty good!

Their rendition of Lascia Ch’io Pianga was truly inspirational”

The Young Vocal Leaders will join the Royal Opera House Thurrock Community Chorus at its 5th birthday anniversary concert on 24th July at Grays Civic Hall.

To find out more about singing opportunities in Thurrock, please go to or call 01708 891200.

To find out more about the Thurrock Trailblazer programme please go to


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