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4 February 2020

Love. Romance. Desire... The English National Opera (ENO) has a new production of Carmen and a number of our School Choir are singing their hearts out on stage, to a live audience, as part of this famous opera. Year 8 pupil, Joel, explains:

The ENO came into Westminster City School for various projects with our School Choir last year and, in October 2019, did some exciting workshops with each year group. Around this time, they explained about their upcoming production and how they were looking for people to perform in Carmen at the London Coliseum.

Weeks later, the ENO returned and several pupils auditioned for a role in Carmen. Auditions were held in our School’s Ensemble Room (now the Colin Nash Ensemble Room). Our auditionees then went to the London Coliseum and participated in a workshop there. Soon after, the final few were selected and we are proud to say that six are Westminster City School pupils!

On 27 January, a dress rehearsal was held that friends and family were able to attend. A number of teachers, a group of Year 10 pupils and myself were lucky enough to go to this. The next day I interviewed one performer from our School Choir, Theo, about Carmen:

Joel: When you were practising the performance, how did it feel?
Theo: At first it was a bit frightening, as it felt like we were just jumping in unprepared and we did not know anybody else there! However, we got to know other people and it started getting easier and easier, until we felt confident enough to perform on stage. We rehearsed in the ENO’s main building in West Hampstead.

Joel: How did you feel performing on stage?
Theo: Performing on that gigantic stage, in front of all our friends and family, was a big opportunity for me because I felt like a professional singer. Initially it was intimidating and scary but, in the end, it was something that I will cherish for the rest of my life.

Joel: If you got the chance, would you do it again?
Theo: Yes, as it benefits my future. I could get noticed by big West End producers that want to cast me in a popular production. It also inspires others to follow their singing-related dreams and shows that age does not matter when it comes to acting, singing and performing.
The ENO is an opera company based in London, resident at the London Coliseum. It is one of the two principal opera companies in London and ENO productions are sung in English.

For more information and to book tickets for this amazing opera, please visit:

Photo credit: ENO Carmen 2020 by photographer Richard Hubert Smith. 

This story was written by Year 8 pupil, Joel, who would like to become a journalist.
Joel joined our School Choir last term and loved seeing so many of his friends on stage, at the London Coliseum, in

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