On the day MPs approved a motion to declare an environment and climate change emergency, 300 children attended a opera performance about climate change.

Hosted by Rendcomb College, 300 children aged 7 and 8 years old attended the thought-provoking opera performed by the English Touring Opera.

The interactive opera, titled Paradise Planet, was written by Alex Groves and Rebecca Hanbury and is a collection of ocean stories which focuses on the impact of global warming.

Using song, live musicians and sound-design wizardry, the performance showed the children that they have the power to change the world.

Clare McCarron, a teacher at Minchinhampton Primary said: “The children enjoyed it very much indeed and it was lovely to see how absorbed they were in something so different for them. "We are doing a ‘Blue Planet’ topic at the moment so it lent itself very well to that.”

The children also had songs to learn prior to the performance so they could join in with the professional singers.

Children from across Gloucestershire and Wiltshire attended the performance which was held in Rendcomb College’s Griffin Theatre as part of the college’s outreach programme.