We give emerging artists and school teachers the skills and confidence to use music and art in the classroom. As a leading artistic resource for those living and working in the North, we have a responsibility to develop the output of artists, teachers and professionals in the region.
By offering a wide variety of training and professional development programmes we give emerging artists and school teachers the skills and confidence to use music and art in the classroom. This greatly extends the reach of our work, ensuring as many children as possible are engaging meaningfully with music and art.
Here you will find a variety of supporting resources for teachers and artists taking part in our training initiatives.
Our interactive resource is suitable for anyone wanting a basic introduction to Swanhunter, including school teachers with students aged 7+ and families with children aged 7+. You will find information about the story, characters and music, plus some exciting activities to do at home or in the classroom!
As part of Creative Encounters: The Bartered Bride, a brand new curriculum-linked resource has been developed in collaboration with teachers and artists.
This resource is a substantial guide to the key elements of the opera and includes:
Please click on the below links to download your FREE copies.
The Bartered Bride Resource Pack (.pdf 7.4mb)
The Bartered Bride Lesson Plans (.pdf 7.4mb)
If you want to find out more about Opera North's production of The Bartered Bride and get an exclusive insight into the rehearsal process, soprano Kate Valentine, who is singing the role of Mařenka in the opera, has filmed an exciting backstage documentary. This is available below and can be used as a classroom resource.
As part of Creative Encounters: Macbeth, a brand new curriculum-linked resource was developed in collaboration with teachers and artists.
This resource is a substantial guide to the key elements of the opera and includes information about:
In addition, you will find classroom activities linking to the English, Drama, and Music curriculum, and separate lesson plan documents to work through with your students.
Please click the below links to download your free copies.
Commissioned by Opera North as part of the Friday Afternoons project, this collection contains 13 new songs which are fun and challenging to sing and perform. Suitable for key stage 2 and 3 this diverse series will fire children’s imaginations and offer a stimulating musical experience - ideal for classroom learning.
Listen to the songs being played:
Two of the songs aren’t available online in their full versions. To order your complete, free copy contact firstname.lastname@example.org
To mark Benjamin Britten’s centenary in 2013, Opera North delivered a project around Britten’s Friday Afternoons song cycle, a set of 12 short songs for children’s choir and piano.
Opera North worked with four primary schools in the four corners of Yorkshire, engaging teachers in CPD sessions and the whole school in regular singing activity. Schools worked on the Friday Afternoons songs once a week until November 2013 supported by Opera North.
Seven British composers were commissioned to write songs for each school taking part, inspired by Friday Afternoons, which resulted in Rome wasn't built by Chimpanzees a brand new song cycle for children's voices. Over 300 children performed Friday Afternoons and Rome wasn't built by Chimpanzees at a special celebratory event on Friday 22nd November 2013 at Opera North.
A project conceived by Opera North as part of a national partnership programme with Aldeburgh Music
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