B'Opera creates high-quality, interactive, musical experiences for babies, toddlers and their grown-ups from all backgrounds.

B'Opera sit on the Birmingham Early Years Music Consortium ‘Sounds of Play’, and partner with Welsh National Opera and Birmingham Hippodrome. Through weekly workshops, relaxed concerts, and bespoke shows, B'Opera specialise in enabling babies and toddlers to access the arts in a child-centred, relaxed environment.

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 eight and under, and created B'Opera as a response to the lack of high quality, up close and personal, musical experiences for their children.

"I left the concert feeling that this was an organisation that really understood how to put on a concert for small children and babies."

- Get Kids Into Music

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 spent eight years as Choral Director and Singing Teacher at Trinity Laban Conservatoire Junior Department in London. Zoë’s work with WNO ranges from opera workshops with children, to co-creative songwriting with refugee families, to mentoring emerging workshop leaders. She writes, performs, and teaches singing & ITM Alexander Technique. She is also mother to 2 young girls.

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Jacqueline White

Founder & Creative Producer

Jac has a Masters in Performance from Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and a PGCE with QTS from Birmingham City University. She combines an active performing career with teaching students at BOA Academy and in her busy home studio. With over 15 years teaching experience, working with Services for Education and CBSO Young Voices amongst others, she has shared her love of music with hundreds of students, supporting and enabling pupils to perform in venues such as The Genting Arena, Symphony Hall, the Adrian Boult Hall and abroad. Jac has performed with companies including the New English Orchestra, Birmingham Opera and Opera UK, touring across the UK and in Europe. She is also mother to 3 young boys and enthusiastic about all things health, wellness and wholistic care.

Phil Ypres-Smith

Founder & Composer

Phil has recently retired from a long career with the NHS as a senior pediatric audiologist, working with the newborn hearing screening programme since it's inception. Phil has over 30years teaching experience and has been the organist and worship director at St. George's Church in Edgbaston since 2005. Having studied at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire he has enjoyed an extensive career of composing, arranging, teaching, singing, and performing on organ and piano. He is an award-winning music director with St. Alphage Musical Production Society and the founder and director of Obsidian Theatre Productions Ltd. You can hear some of Phil's original compositions here.

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Aliyah Wiggins

B'Opera Intern

Aliyah is a singer, song writer and a graduate of Birmingham Ormiston Academy. She writes and performs her own music and recently performed in Geneva. Aliyah has been working with B'Opera since 2020 is now working with Welsh National Opera as their West Midlands vocal leader intern. You can hear Aliyah's recent single Questions here.

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