Primary Schools Tour

For P5, P6 and P7 school groups

For more information and to book, contact: 

Audrey Blake
Project Manager

0141 332 9559

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Our Primary Schools Tour helps teachers all over Scotland deliver aspects of A Curriculum for Excellence. These children’s operas make learning exciting, challenging and creative and allow pupils to participate in a high-quality, day-long music theatre workshop, ending with a performance for parents and guests.

Each school that participates receives:

  • High quality teaching resources, including a teachers' support pack to help introduce the music and related activities.
  • An advance visit from a specialist choral musician.
  • A day-long workshop with a team of highly experienced arts education specialists and performers.
  • A 30 minute performance for family, friends and schoolmates to share.



Warriors! The Emperor's Incredible Army

Music Alan Penman
Lyrics Ross Stenhouse
Commissioned with the five Scottish Confucius Institutes

Spring 2020 13 Jan to 27 Mar
Summer 2020 20 Apr to 26 Jun


ll hail Qin Shi Huang – the first Emperor of China, destined to rule his Empire forever. After all, didn’t he drink the Elixir of Life, a potion that promises immortality? Not such a great promise when that elixir turns out to be a deadly poison. Now the afterlife awaits, but even a dead Emperor needs an army. So, over many years, he’s gathered a vast hoard to watch over him after death – 8,000 soldiers, horses and chariots, all armoured and armed to the teeth. And every one of them moulded from clay…

Join Scottish Opera in telling the  true story of Emperor Qin’s incredible 2,000 year old terracotta army, and the clay warriors that continue to amaze and delight millions all over the world to this very day.

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Music David Munro
Lyrics Allan Dunn
Additional music and new orchestration Alan Penman

Spring 2019 14 Jan to 22 Mar
Summer 2019 16 Apr to 27 Jun



Join Scottish Opera in commemorating one of the most dramatic periods in Scottish history; the Jacobite Risings. 

Let’s go back in time, exactly 300 years ago, to the year 1719. The Jacobites and their Spanish allies converge upon Glen Sheil in the Western Highlands to prepare themselves for battle with the approaching Hanoverian troops. But the Jacobites have more to worry about than their enemies!  Will in-fighting, missed opportunities and poor communications prove to be their undoing?

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The Dragon of the Western Sea

The Dragon of the Western Sea

Music Alan Penman
Lyrics Ross Stenhouse



In the year 1405 the great Dragon Throne Emperor of China, Zhu Di, has decided it is time his nation expanded its influence beyond the edge of the known world and into the mysterious Western Sea.

He assembles an enormous fleet of mighty ships with 28,000 crew, and fills them with all the treasure and riches of China. Enough to buy the gratitude and friendship of those unknown lands beyond the setting sun. Only one man could be trusted to lead such a dangerous and important mission-- the great Admiral Zheng Ha, the Dragon of the Western Sea!

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An inter-generational project for pre-school, primary & elderly citizens 


Spinning Songs is inspired by a growing awareness of the benefits of interaction between elderly citizens and young children. During weekly workshops, participants are encouraged to develop their musical and expressive arts skills, together creating a series of original songs that reflect life in their local community. 

Find out more about Spinning Songs


Free tickets for secondary school groups

For more information, contact:

Audrey Blake
Project Manager

0141 332 9559

 Contact Education & Outreach

Opera Unwrapped is an hour-long taster that gives an insight into our shows and how they are created. Tickets are £5, but secondary school groups can book for free.

Find out more about Opera Unwrapped

from the mud to the stars 

For more information contact: 

Jane Davidson
Director of Outreach & Education

Tel: 0141 332 9559


From the mud of the trenches to the advanced technology of 21st century flight, this unique project engages with adult groups, schools and universities across Scotland that have connections to the RAF.

Explore our selection of tasks and resources with your class to learn more about the first 100 years of the Royal Air Force. 

Primary Schools Tour 2020 is supported by: Aberdeen Endowments Trust, Alma & Leslie Wolfson Charitable Trust, David & June Gordon Memorial Trust, Educational Institute of Scotland, Glasgow Airport FlightPath Fund, Harbinson Charitable Trust, Hayward Sanderson Trust, Martin Connell Charitable Trust, Mickel Fund, The Cookie Matheson Charitable Trust, The Cruden Foundation, The R J Larg Family Trust, The Stevenston Charitable Trust, Thomson Charitable Trust and Scottish Opera’s Education Angels

Opera Factory supported by: The Mickel Fund, The Robertson Trust, Astor of Hever Trust and Scottish Opera’s Education Angels