Believing that children need to participate freely in cultural life and the arts, B'Opera create high-quality, interactive, musical experiences for babies, toddlers and their grown-ups of 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 specially created shows for babies and toddlers.

 

Founder and Director Zoë Challenor 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 and ITM Alexander Technique.

 

B’Opera is founded on the desire to bring people together around a shared experience of beauty, illuminating what we have in common. 

Professional musicians and B'Opera founders Zoë Challenor, Jacqueline White and Phil Ypres-Smith ensure that 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. 

 

"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

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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.

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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.

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Aliyah Wiggins

B'Opera Intern

Aliyah is a singer and a graduate of Birmingham Ormiston Academy. She writes and performs her own music and recently performed in Geneva. You can hear Aliyah's recent single Questions here.