CYO broadens the creative horizons of young people through opera. Working across Cambridgeshire and East Anglia, we do not charge for participation in our core activities or place any barriers to access. CYO organises fully-staged opera productions with children, teenagers and young adults as well as working in partnership with schools to offer workshops and classroom-based activities. We build a foundation of inspiration, exploration and self-expression, enabling each young person to find and own their individual artistic voice.
In a world where music education is increasingly stripped back, we are planning a future for CYO which addresses the whole life cycle from childhood to the point when young artists take their first step towards a professional music career.
For many children and young people, CYO can be an early step towards a career in the arts. CYO has nurtured singers, orchestral players, artistic directors, conductors, stage managers and arts administrators. For others, CYO builds confidence, develops skills and nurtures creative expression. One participant said: “You gave me the courage to try things I might never have done otherwise. The Little Black Cat showed me I could be a writer.”