Arcola Youth Music


Arcola Youth Opera was a full time musical theatre training project which ran for two weeks in August 2011.

The project took place as part of Grimeborn – Arcola‘s acclaimed annual opera festival. It gave young people from Hackney a unique opportunity to be trained by a professional director, composer and musicians in order to stage an original piece of musical theatre based around the London Riots.


The young participants were aged between 13 and 22 and came from a range of social and cultural backgrounds in Hackney. The experience allowed the performers to learn a range of music and theatre skills, as well as to perform for three nights at a professional producing theatre. Over 100 local people also attended as audience members over the three nights.



Arcola Youth Music was supported by: