Stupefacente! Pupils Sing Pitch Perfect Italian on Big Stage 

Children from St Martin’s Academy and Grosvenor Park CofE Academy hit the right note in Italian when they joined forces for a performance alongside English Touring Opera.   

Talented Year 5 and 6 pupils performed a two-minute chorus as part of a production of Puccini’s La Boheme for one night only at Chester’s Storyhouse. 

The children, who have weekly lessons with music teachers Rob Benson and Ed Hartwell-Jones, had to memorise all the words in Italian and they never missed a beat in their big moment in the limelight.   

Mr Benson, who teaches at both schools which are run by North West Academies Trust (NWAT), said: “Our children were fantastic! 

“One principal singer from the cast said they were ‘practically perfect’ and a review called their performance ‘faultless’.  

“The company, conductor and members of the audience also congratulated our children on their performance.  

“Overall, they were a shining example of what children are capable of, even when under immense pressure.”  

Wenda Smith, Head of School at St Martin’s, added: “If we thought learning the piece in Italian as a combined choir was difficult, we had just 45 minutes on stage for a technical rehearsal before costumes were donned and we were ready and waiting in the Green Room for our stage call.   

“As ever, the children took everything in their stride, embraced each moment and made sure that they shone. 

“We had so many comments from people in the audience that the children were so full of excitement, and it really made their night to see them.” 

Richard Clark, Head of School at Grosvenor, added: “Well done to all involved and a thank you to Mr Benson who prepared the children brilliantly. We are looking forward to future collaborations.” 

NWAT runs schools across Cheshire and Shropshire.

English Touring Opera are performing La Bohème at theatres across the country this spring.