Ring Round the World 2012

Created, performed and recorded by children, this will be a project involving 216 countries – including all nations participating in the Olympics London 2012. A thrilling tale of adventure and a breathtaking round-the-world trip, collecting a ‘ring’ of truth from each place visited, expressed in different musical styles and song.

Open Until:

Posted: 01/12/2012

Part of the London 2012 Festival (the culmination of the Cultural Olympiad), the opera has been commissioned from renowned composer and music educationalist Pete Churchill (professor of Jazz at Royal Academy of Music and GSMD), but it will be largely created, performed and recorded by children. It is an opera in 173 scenes – one for every major world nation. Working with 173 schools and a cast of over 5,000, this thrilling tale of adventure will journey around the world, collecting a ‘ring’ of truth from each place visited, expressed in different musical styles and song, and depicted across 32 fully-staged performances in 6 theatres (4 in London and 2 in Cambridgeshire).

S I G N  U P  F O R    A M A Z I N G  O L Y M P I C    P R O J E C T

There are just 28 of the original 216 places left on English Pocket Opera Company’s Ring Round the World project – part of the London 2012 Festival and Cultural Olympiad. – a once in a lifetime opportunity for pupils in your school to celebrate, in music and song, the coming of the Games to England! By July 2012 children will have created the biggest children’s opera ever written alongside a massive world music resource for use by teachers worldwide featuring your school’s work. We then pass on the website to the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and the Olympics in Brazil in 2016. Come and be part of it! For more information contact Liz Stock, Project Manager on 020 7263 3019, or email her on elizabeth.stock@epoc.co

W H A T ’ S    I N C L U D E D ?

  • INSET and online teachers’ resource materials
  • A 5-step education project for children of all ages (suitable for primary and secondary pupils: Key Stage 1 – ‘A’ Level)
  • Guidance on country twinning for your school
  • In-School Performance for up to 300 pupils
  • 3 days of Artists’ Residency work with c.30 pupils
  • Children’s performance in a fully-staged professional opera at a London theatre
  • Extra opportunities to perform as part of the London 2012 Festival and during the Games (tbc)

Click here to read a more detailed outline of the project.

H O W    M U C H  D O E S    I T  C O S T ?

Just £1,000 + VAT for all the above (second and subsequent groups of 30 in the same school will cost £850 + VAT extra per group. Please note: each group must twin with a different country).


“The performance I saw was stunning. The singing was of a very high standard, the direction was excellent and the set…was very well thought through. The children involved were obviously thoroughly enjoying themselves and all came out of the theatre having had a real musical experience”.

Carol Bowerman, Head of Curriculum Support, Redbridge

Based in Islington, English Pocket Opera Company (EPOC) exists to inspire and facilitate the creation of opera for, by and with children and young people. Working with up to 50,000 children each year, EPOC produces in-depth arts education projects, with children’s creative work seamlessly integrated into high quality professional performance outcomes, to provide a life-changing experience, proven to raise aspiration and achievement. Click on the images below for more information.

Please visit our website for more information and how to book: http://www.ringroundtheworld.org/content/ring-round-world

"Just to say a huge thanks ... I am looking forward to progressing with this project thanks to your support, advice and guidance"

Contact Us