MUSICAL workshop Sinfonium will prepare in its third year a series of events for children. At the Stanica Žilina-Záriečie culture hub, kids will learn to play musical instruments and to sing, and will perform an opera in May 2014.

Stanica Záriečie encourages children between the ages of 8 and 15 to participate: “not necessarily virtuosos, although we don’t exclude virtuosos”, Hana Hudcovičová-Lukšú told the TASR newswire.

The basic mastering of various instruments – except for piano – is required, however. Weekend workshops will take place once per month, led by composer and musician Marek Piaček. The final result, to be presented in Žilina and in the Archa Theatre in Prague, will be a modern opera. Members of the Slovak Philharmonic from Bratislava will serve as tutors in the individual workshops. The final workshop will be the dress rehearsal for the opera.

According to Hudcovičová-Lukšú, they are involved in a long-term collaboration with Marek Piaček and they appreciate his ability to work creatively with players of all different skill levels, as quoted by TASR. “The results of such an approach are not always perfect, but this makes them a unique attraction.”

“The goal is not to become a professional musician, but mainly to discover music as a language for expressing oneself,” said project head Marek Adamov of the culture hub. “The point is to have a fun, memorable experience. Thus, it does not matter that one member of the orchestra plays better than another. The point is that, taken together, they create a whole.”

The workshops are part of a wider international Karaoke Europe project, which focuses on the exchange of experiences among musicians and artists working in theatres in different communities. The first workshop takes place on January 24-26.