Children's scrap rap opera aims to be a hit at Bath International Music Festival
Performance poet Andy Craven-Griffiths is helping more than 100 schoolchildren from in and around Bath create a new scrap rap opera to be performed for the opening night of the Bath International Music Festival.
Andy, 29, has already begun working with the children many of whom are from St Michael's School at Twerton, Bath.
The work continues for the next half dozen weeks culminating in a special performance at Party in the City on Friday, May 24.
The project has been set up as part of the Iford Arts Education outreach programme, Iford Arts having gained an international reputation for its summer series of operas in the cloisters at Iford Manor near Bath.
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Performance poet, Andy from Glastonbury is in fact more used to the festival stages of his home town, has already begun working with Bath schoolchildren in workshops to create a scrap rap opera.
With the help of Alice Harper, Iford Arts' education and audience development manager, more than 100 children will take the workshops and more than 50 will take part in the final performance.
The Year 4 and 5 children, from St Michael's School in Twerton are working alongside Year 5s from Bellefield School in Trowbridge and a group of 15 young carers from Bath and north east Somerset aged from 10 to 13 years are creating a piece of music with the theme of Pride and Prejudice, to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Jane Austen novel.
The children will be performing a rap with their own, homemade scrap percussion instruments.
Mr Dalimore, English coordinator at St Michael's, said: "Andy's work is impressive, using rap makes poetry more appealing to the kids. Children particularly enjoyed partaking in rap battles. "Nine-year old Nico asked me 'can we have a rapping and poetry club after school?'"
Iford Arts has worked with children at St Michael's, Twerton for the past two years. Last year the children there composed, directed and performed a piece based on the Olympic values of respect, excellence and friendship again as part of Party in the City at the Holburne Museum.