B'Opera make beautiful music for young ears, through high quality, interactive musical experiences. Our aim is to address article 31 of the UNCRC and make classical music available to babies, toddlers and their grown-ups of all backgrounds.

Professional musicians and B'Opera founders Zoë Challenor, Jacqueline White and Phil Ypres-Smith create quality live music experiences for the very young who are often excluded from "serious" music making. B'Opera's acclaimed shows and concerts delight audiences and capture babies and little ones’ imaginations. Using sensory elements, light, fabrics, bubbles, dancing, decorated tunnels, and audience participation, everyone accesses and enjoys the music in their own way.

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Our Team

Zoë, Jac and Phil are professional musicians and experienced teachers. They have performed and toured extensively in the UK and abroad. Zoë and Jac are mothers to five children age six and under, and created B'Opera as a response to the lack of high quality, up close and personal, musical experiences for their children.

Zoë Challenor

Founder & Director

Zoë combines a career in singing with a passion for education. A prize-winning graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, she taught singing and conducted choirs at Trinity Laban Conservatoire's Junior Department in London for eights years, and delivers singing workshops and projects for Welsh National Opera.

Jacqueline White

Founder & Director

Jac is passionate about music making at all ages and stages of life. With a Masters in Performance from Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, she combines an active performing career with teaching students from nursery to over 80 years of age in her home studio and in the community.

Phil Ypres-Smith

Founder & Composer

Phil combines a career in children's audiology with composition, arranging, singing, and performing on organ and piano. He is an award-winning music director.

Aliyah Wiggins

B'Opera Intern

We are so excited that Aliyah is joining the team as our intern this year. 

Aliyah is a lovely singer and a recent graduate of Birmingham Ormiston Academy. She writes and performs her own music and has recently performed in Geneva. We're delighted that she will be singing with us in our up coming coming concerts, so you're in for a treat!

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