The Assembly House Trust has always been a supporter of classical music in Norwich, this December provided an excellent opportunity to host a truly unique event.

This intimate concert was a unique opportunity to enjoy music from a number of singers including internationally acclaimed Mezzo-Soprano, Yvonne Howard.

Opera Unwrapped took place to raise money for ‘A King’s Ransom’ the children’s opera and education project, which Into Opera are running in Norfolk primary schools. Their project champions the importance of all children having access to the arts and a creative education. It culminates in the professional world premiere of a new opera written for children to sing by one of the UK’s most inspirational classical composers, Patrick Hawes in February 2018 at OPEN Norwich. Audiences attending Opera Unwrapped for Christmas were the first to hear a preview of this opera, which was introduced on the night, by the composer.

Organiser Genevieve Raghu:

“A huge thank you to the Assembly House Trust for their support in enabling Opera Unwrapped for Christmas to take place on Sunday. It was quite an occasion! The Mayor of Norwich and Sheriff both came along and were extremely complimentary. We had a great turn out and the children seemed to thoroughly enjoyed themselves. All the opera singers gave them autographs too which they were over the moon about. It was rather special to see such a range of ages in the room. It was a wonderful occasion, made viable by the Trust.”

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