Celebrating Finish This... 2022-23: Primary & SEND

An inclusive national music making programme for KS2 and SEND learners; inspiring young composers across the country.

“The recent Finish This project has completely raised the profile of composing in our school… It was the most exciting project, broke down so many barriers and was completely inclusive.”

Bringing together a fusion of opera, film and animation: Finish This… is a creative springboard for collaborative composition work in the classroom. Using an especially commissioned operatic piece, and supported with teacher CPD and toolkit package resources.

In Autumn 2022, we invited 5000 pupils from across the country, to step into the role of an ENO Composer. We asked each class to create and produce their own music through an invitation to respond to, and resolve, purposefully unfinished piece of opera. Schools were provided with Teacher CPD training, toolkit resources, a suite of digital films and an operatic piece, especially commissioned for young audiences.

We are thrilled to present and celebrate their music compositions and creative work. A huge congratulations to all our young composers.

Participating Schools

Explore our interactive map to discover our 88 schools and hear some of their brilliant class music compositions.

You can select an option below to filter the displayed map markers to show Primary or SEND schools, and click any marker to access submissions from that school.

You can also explore our full playlists:

Explore SoundCloud music tracks

Explore YouTube Animations

What Teachers have to say:

In our feedback survey from the 2022-23 year:

  • 100% of teachers said they were likely to recommend this project to another school 
  • 100% of teachers agreed or strongly agreed that pupils developed composition skills over the course of the project
  • 88% of non-music specialist teachers agreed or strongly agreed they felt more confident teaching music in the classroom
  • 89% of teachers agreed or strongly agreed that pupils improved their self-belief, confidence and resilience.

“It was lovely to see those children that don’t normally achieve things in an English lesson or a maths lesson, actually achieving in that music lesson and working collaboratively. There’s so many skills that were developed alongside the music, and I think that was really powerful.”

“It provided us with a well-structured but creatively open framework which gave the children the opportunity to explore sound in a context they might otherwise not encounter.”

“The kids were introduced to opera in the most child friendly way, breaking down the component parts so they understood each bit and felt confident in what they were doing.”

“Thank you to you all for making everything so straightforward and easy to understand for us non-specialists. It has clearly been well thought out.”

“I have just finished watching the CPD recording in my PPA time and wanted you to know how much more confident I am feeling about delivering the sessions and how excited I am to start next week!”

Get Involved

Booking for 2023-24 is now open.

Complete the booking request form before Monday 19 June to sign up.

You can contact the Finish This… team on [email protected] or for more information visit www.eno.org/finishthis

Music composed by Omar Shahryar. Libretto by Ruth Mariner.
Conductor | Olivia Clarke, Actor | Mikhail Sen.
Illustrations by Alec Doherty. Films produced by Tmax Productions.
Primary Education Consultant: Sarah Lewis