Students from Greenvale School in Lewisham have taken part in Blackheath Halls Opera since 2010.
According to the school’s website, Greenvale is Lewisham’s community special school for children and young people between the ages of 11 and 19 years who have severe and profound learning difficulties including those with an additional diagnosis of autism, and those with additional medical needs. Many pupils have additional physical and sensory disabilities.
Assistant Headteacher Elizabeth Whittick is responsible for the students’ involvement in Blackheath Halls Opera:
“We have seven students from Greenvale School taking part this year. They all have severe learning difficulties, and are aged 15-19. Some of the students have participated in the opera project before, but for three of them this is a new experience.
All the students love attending the rehearsals. They have so much enthusiasm for the singing and acting, and love working with Nick, Harry and Rose. I attended the rehearsal last night, and it was fantastic to watch them on stage. They all have a ‘buddy’ within the chorus, which has helped them to develop their social and communication skills. Having the opportunity to work on this community project has really enhanced their confidence too.
The students get an enormous sense of pride and achievement when they are on stage, and we are all really looking forward to the performances next week!”
Do come and see for yourself next week how not only the Greenvale students but also our primary school children and adults enjoy performing in Blackheath Halls Opera!