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Supporting teachers and schools to deliver the curriculum in music and drama

Children and young people are central to Opera North’s ambition and purpose. Our Schools work sits at the heart of our Education programme, with activities, projects and events designed specifically for Primary, Secondary and Sixth Form students.

A range of resource packs for Schools’ Matinee performances are also available to assist any learning around specific operas or opera in general.

Opera North is proud to be working in partnership with schools and settings on their Artsmark Award journey. By supporting Artsmark settings, we’re helping to put the arts at the heart of education, inspiring young people to create, experience and participate in high quality arts and culture.

Schools can email or call 0113 223 3520 for further information and to book your place on activities.


Schools' Matinee: The Magic Flute for Schools

Suitable for KS2-4

Enter an enchanted world and join Prince Tamino on his quest to rescue Pamina, daughter of the Queen of the Night. A magical quest packed with adventure, comedy and drama, set to Mozart’s miraculous music.

The production has been specially programmed for a schools’ audience and will be performed in English.

This specially devised opera is a wonderful introduction for school children, and teachers alike, who may be new to opera or Mozart’s The Magic Flute. Sung in English, this shortened version of The Magic Flute will be accompanied with a free teachers’ cross curricular resource pack so you’ll have everything you need for an enchanting trip into this dazzling journey of self-discovery.

Download The Magic Flute resource pack (PDF)

Hundreds of children attend a schools' matinee performance at Leeds Grand Theatre © Tom Arber

When & Where: Tues 26 Feb 2019            2pm – 3.50pm       Leeds Grand Theatre
Wed 6 Mar 2019             2pm – 3.50pm       The Lowry, Salford Quays
Wed 13 Mar 2019           2pm – 3.50pm       Newcastle Theatre Royal
​Wed 20 Mar 2019           2pm – 3.50pm       Nottingham Theatre Royal
Cost: £6.50 per ticket
How to book: Leeds, Opera North Box Office
0844 848 2720*
The Lowry, Salford Quays Group Sales
0843 208 6003*
Newcastle Theatre Royal Group Sales
08448 11 21 22*
Nottingham, Theatre Royal Group Sales
0115 721 0622
(*Calls to 084+ numbers cost 7p per minute plus your telephone company’s access charge)
Booking Deadline: Fri 11 Jan 2019

Workshop and Schools' Matinee Package: The Magic Flute for Schools

Suitable for KS2-4

In Spring 2019, Opera North Education will be supporting teachers across the North of England to deliver their drama and music curriculum through the medium of opera. In addition to presenting a shortened performance for schools of The Magic Flute by 18th Century composer, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Opera North is offering a series of supporting in-school 2 hour preparatory workshops. Workshops will help pupils explore the music, plot and characters in Mozart’s opera, working alongside a director and pianist. A free teachers’ resource pack will also be available for all schools attending a matinee performance.

Arts Award Discover / Explore: Attendance at an Opera North Schools’ Matinee performance and participation in an accompanying workshop can contribute to a pupil’s Arts Award Discover or Explore portfolio.

Download The Magic Flute resource pack (PDF)

Pupils during a schools activity © Tony Hall

When & Where: Leeds                                  w/c 4 & 11 Feb 2019
Greater Manchester          w/c 25 Feb 2019
Newcastle                          w/c 4 Mar 2019
Nottingham                         w/c 11 Mar 2019
Cost: £450 (2hr workshop for 1 class of 30 pupils) fee includes up to 35 tickets to the schools’ matinee
How to book: Contact or call 0113 223 3520 for more information.
Booking Deadline: Fri 11 Jan 2019

Singing Through the Ages

Suitable for KS3-5

An introduction to the Chorus of Opera North for Year 9 — Year 13 Music Students.

Singing Through the Ages is an interactive performance featuring the Chorus of Opera North for pupils studying GCSE and A-Level Music in school Year 9 — Year 13. The performance, taking place in your school setting, aims to introduce pupils to the incredible live sound of an opera chorus through a selection of operatic and choral repertoire spanning the Baroque period to the modern day.

This 1 hour interactive performance has been programmed by Opera North Education in conjunction with secondary school music teachers to ensure we are meeting the needs of the secondary music curriculum. The performance will introduce pupils to music from some of Western Classical Music’s great composers, which will explain and demonstrate:

  • What opera and an opera chorus is
  • How music conveys mood and emotions
  • The effect of tempo, dynamics, articulation and tonality
  • The use of texture (e.g. homophony & antiphony)

Chorus master Oliver Rundell conducts a performance by the Chorus of Opera North in a school © Tony Hall

When & Where: Spring — Summer 2019
Cost: £500 per school
How to book: Contact or call 0113 223 3520 for more information.

Big Sing: Wonderland Restored

Suitable for KS2-3

An immersive singing project for KS2-3 pupils, Wonderland Restored is a new commission piece written by composer Will Todd, which tells the story of Alice and her adventures in Wonderland. Commencing with a teacher CPD workshop led by Opera North choral delivery staff, schools will learn song repertoire in preparation for a final performance with other local schools, accompanied by members of the Chorus and Orchestra of Opera North. Each school will have vocal workshops led by Opera North choral delivery artists, and teachers will receive music learning resources at the start of the project which can be used in the classroom to assist the learning process.

School children perform in the Big Sing in Doncaster in 2017 © James Mulkeen

When & Where: Venues in the north
January – July 2019
Cost: £12.50 per pupil (based on a class of 30 pupils per school)
How to book: Contact or call 0113 223 3520 for more information or to express your interest.
Booking Deadline:  Fri 9 November 2018

Discounted tickets for school groups

Opera North is delighted to be able to offer discounted tickets for school groups wishing to attend Opera North main stage performances (excluding Saturday performances). For further information, please contact

Kirklees Concert Season

Suitable for KS 2 – 5

Your students can experience the thrills and power high quality live music has to offer at a fantastic price at the Kirklees Concert Season.

The award-winning Orchestra of Opera North is at the heart of the Orchestral Concert Season and, joined by leading contemporaries from across the world, will deliver a spectacular programme of symphonic masterpieces.

Concerts are approx. 2 hours long with a free pre-show talk with Q&A session.

When & Where: Huddersfield Town Hall Ongoing from September 2018
Cost: £1 per pupil under age of 16
£4 for Sixth Form students
For groups of 10 or more students, 2 free teacher tickets available. Teachers pay the student price for additional tickets.
How to book: Complete a booking form or call Kirklees Box Office on 01484 225 755



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