Writer, producer, director
The Opus Pocus was created by Matt Parry, a professional trombone player and music teacher who studied at the Royal Academy of Music.
Inspired by the likes of Disney's Fantasia and fun, educational series like Horrible Histories, Matt wanted to develop something to help children discover classical music and struck upon the idea of transforming the great symphonic works into funny, action-packed, multimedia stories so that kids absorb the music simply by following the story: it's education by stealth.
After one successful Kickstarter campaign, two failed record deals, three triumphant orchestral recordings and about four years hard work, Matt won the national Intuit StartUp Britain Competition which provided funding to create this website and launch The Opus Pocus.
1001 Arabian Nights starring Brian Blessed & Rory Bremner
Musical Audiobook MP3
& Bonus Comic PDF!
Click below to hear and read Rory Bremner’s interviews about working on The Opus Pocus
“I loved being involved with this project – the idea of setting a funny and fast-moving script to the original music was inspired, creating a lively and engaging experience that I’ve rarely experienced in classical music productions for a younger audience. It could become a kind of Peter and the Wolf for a new generation.”
– Rory Bremner
“The script had me chuckling from start to finish, but I was also struck by how original the concept was: a children’s story written to perfectly overlay an entire symphony (and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade is one of my favourites, by the way) as an exciting introduction to classical music. a magical idea indeed!”
– Brian Blessed