Outreach is at the heart of everything we do.

Our flagship outreach and education programme COGnitive Learning will run before and during our 2021 Opera Festival, with professional singers and theatre directors leading workshops in schools across Cumbria. While funding for music education in schools has been cut year on year, lockdown and Covid-19 have shown the importance of the arts. We're determined that the next generation of young people have ample, accessible opportunities to engage with opera.

Our workshops will focus on singing and theatrical performance in the context of classical music, as well as opera's role in the development of European culture. Elements of language-learning (especially German and Italian) will also be included, and students will learn the importance of teamwork in the arts. The workshops will culminate in a student-led mini production, giving participants first-hand experience of directing and performing.

If a workshop with the Cumbria Opera Group sounds like a great choice for your organisation, contact us here and a detailed brochure can be sent to your school or youth music centre.