Education & Engagement

Community Residencies

Bringing people together.

Tailor-made arts programmes which tackle head-on issues that strike at the heart of a community.

We believe that injecting the arts into the heart of a community can significantly change people’s lives for the better. Our residencies are long-term programmes which respond to local needs and aim to use the arts to draw communities together, encouraging them to reflect on their coexistence in a fresh and positive manner.

The residency process generates tailor-made arts programmes which tackle head-on issues that strike at the heart of a community and result in powerful productions devised with and for their local participants.

Our current residency activity is underway in the Belle Isle community in south Leeds and is ongoing.  In Harmony Opera North.

From September 2014 Opera North Education will commence a residency in Hull. More details to follow soon. 


How is it done?

Opera North Education Residencies evolve in a variety of ways. We place artists ‘in residence’, who bring expertise and a passion for singing to the community, engaging a wide range of groups and individuals through weekly strands of work as well as one-off workshops. 

We work closely with Local Authorities, youth workers, teachers and relevant community groups to ensure our activities touch people who do not normally participate in music-making and who are deprived of opportunity due to their circumstances.

Our resident artists also train teachers and local artists in order to leave a lasting legacy once the residency has come to an end. We also allow community members free access to everything that Opera North produces – be that on the main stage, in the Howard Assembly Room or locally in their own area.

Get in touch

Phone: +44 (0)113 243 9999
Address: Opera North Grand Theatre,
46 New Briggate, Leeds, LS1 6NU

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