PRIMARY ROBINS is a new three year initiative using music and theatre to expand the outlook and enrich the lives of schoolchildren who have little exposure to songs and music. Pimlico Opera aims to use music and drama to advance personal development, particularly with younger people. Artistic excellence is an essential part of achieving this aim. The company receives no government or public subsidy and has relied on project funding from trusts and foundations. Pimlico Opera has worked in prisons for 22 years and this will continue. It is probably something that happened in every primary school 40 years ago: the class sitting around the piano . . . learning songs. You can read our annual report here.
• Even if you can’t read, you can learn a song
• Singing builds confidence
• Musical learning enhances learning in other areas
• Working towards a larger common good is uplifting
• Hard work and discipline bring great rewards.
• It feels good to achieve
• Singing is an opportunity to unlock talent, expand ambition and think differently about yourself and your future.
• Families are proud
With regard to music education, Saint-Saens had three beliefs:
(from Saint-Saens, Advocacy of Music in Elementary Schools by Jann Pasler)