Film: When Ingram Road Primary made an opera

A new short film has been released about the making of the opera ‘Noah’s Flood‘ last July in Holbeck, which featured the children of Ingram Road Primary School.

The production was a collaboration between Slung Low and The Manchester Collective to stage Benjamin Britten’s community opera Noah’s Flood, but the stars of the show were the 180 Key Stage 2 pupils from Ingram Road. The film ‘Crayons & Opera’ follows the children through rehearsals to performances as part of Leeds 2023 and the Manchester International Festival.

Filmmaker Brett Chapman commented:

“Opera has traditionally been seen as an art form catering to the more affluent and culturally elite segments of society with only around 1-4% of the UK’s population having ever attended a performance.

“Meanwhile in Leeds, a city with its own national opera company, the community of Holbeck faces significant socio-economic challenges and inequalities compared to other parts of the city. Holbeck currently ranks as one of the most deprived areas in Yorkshire.

“Nestled in the heart of Holbeck, Ingram Road Primary School has a student body of nearly 350 young people with over 52 languages spoken by its pupils and now, alongside resident artists Slung Low, they’re about to perform in their very own opera.”


Photo: Tom Arber


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