We believe that bringing music into the heart of a community can significantly enrich people’s lives. Our residencies are long-term programmes which respond to local needs and aim to use the art-form of opera- from instrumental music, to theatre, to movement and singing- to draw communities together.
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 projects devised with and for their local participants.
Current Opera North Community Residency programmes are underway in the Belle Isle area in south Leeds and in Bransholme in Hull.
Opera North Community 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 reach people who may not usually have access to these activities. Our resident artists also train teachers and local artists in order to leave a lasting legacy.
We support community members to access all that Opera North produces – be that on the main stage, in the Howard Assembly Room or locally in their own area.
In Harmony Opera North is a Community Residency programme taking place at Windmill Primary School, impacting on over 450 children in full-time education and the wider community in the Belle Isle area of South Leeds. It is the first In Harmony project in Yorkshire, the only one nationally that is delivered by an opera company, and includes a significant focus on singing as well as instrument playing. From September 2015 In Harmony Opera North will expand in to a new school in Hunslet, South Leeds: Low Road Primary School. Read more...
The Opera North Singing School is an immersive programme of weekly singing and applied expressive movement sessions. Taking place at Bude Park Primary School in Bransholme, Hull, all children at the school from Foundation Stage to Yr 6 participate in the project, which aims to act as a catalyst to strengthening the local community in Bransholme. Read more...
A national programme funded by Youth Music
This action research project sees Opera North working with pupils at Winifred Holtby Academy to explore informal music learning within a formal setting. It focuses on developing musicianship skills as well as inspiring critical thinking, musical appreciation and a sound knowledge of the musical language predominantly through singing and percussion.
Participating students enjoy regular informal and public performances with peer groups, participants from other Opera North Education projects and members of the Chorus and Orchestra of Opera North over a four year period.
Opera North’s programme in Hull is expanding, with new branches of the Opera North Children’s Chorus and Opera North Youth Chorus launching in the city. Read more...
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