B’Opera – ‘More in Common’

Art Works have commissioned B’Opera to co-create a new musical production with children under five and their families at The Springfield Project in Sparkhill.

B’Opera will co-create a new musical production with and for children and their families who are users of The Springfield Project Children’s Centre, Mini Springers and Park Road nurseries. Funded through Birmingham City Council’s ‘Next Generation’ fund, the piece will be devised through a programme of participatory sessions and will be showcased at The Springfield Centre in February 2022.

Zoë Challenor of B’Opera

The process will utilise the Early Years expertise of The Springfield Project staff team and B’Opera, who have extensive experience in this area. Both B’Opera and The Springfield Project are partners in the Early Years Music Consortium, currently delivering the Youth Music funded project Sounds of Play.

The Springfield Project is passionate about using the arts in our work with children and families in the Sparkhill area. We know that music has a transformative impact on children and adults and the opportunity for children and parents to co-create an opera from scratch is amazing. We are delighted to work with B’Opera and Art Works on this and can’t wait to see the performance in February.

Sarah Robbins – CEO, The Springfield Project

B’Opera have commenced a series of interactive workshops, designed to empower children and families to find and use their voices through a combination of means, including open-ended prompts and stimuli, recording and playing back their voices, and eliciting stories and experiences to be incorporated into the final piece.

Driven by the belief that children of all backgrounds need to participate freely in cultural life and the arts, B’Opera was founded on the desire to bring people together around a common shared experience of music. We’re thrilled to be making this production, and particularly excited to be creating it in collaboration with the Sparkhill community.

Zoë Challenor – Director and Founder of B’Opera

The project also welcomes Designer-Maker Rukhsana Sardar to the team. Raised in Sparkhill, she brings with her over 20 years of experience working in fashion and an interest in community arts. Rukhsana is in the process of setting up a creative zero waste textile business: ecoraa.com.

The piece will explore themes of difference and sameness, and integrate with Art Works’ wider ambitions for 2022, referencing the Commonwealth Games’ themes of travelling, exploring, identity and home.