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Resonance residencies

Launched in 2017 and supported by PRS Foundation’s Talent Development Partner Network, Resonance is Opera North’s workshop programme for minority ethnic professional musicians and composers, working in any genre, and based in the north of England.

It’s a unique opportunity to develop new ideas, to collaborate with performers from other disciplines, and to take your work in new directions.

Following our successful, socially distant ‘Lockdown Edition’ in summer 2020, we’re planning to return to collaborations in person for spring 2021.

Successful applicants will receive up to a week of free rehearsal space in Leeds with support and advice from technicians, producers and other specialists; a grant of up to £3,500 to cover fees for those involved and other costs; and an optional ‘work in progress’ performance opportunity for an invited audience, or a live stream opportunity.

The deadline for applications for 2021 has passed, but if you’re interested in testing an exciting possibility, exploring a great musical idea, in telling a story through music, in collaborating with a filmmaker or visual artist – or something else altogether – we want to hear from you. For notification of the next call for entries, email 

The residency could be your first step towards making a project, or part of a longer process that you are working on.

The Lockdown Edition: Balraj Samrai

“Resonance gave me a unique opportunity to launch a fresh project, which involved collaborating with a wide range of musicians and artists to produce a commentary on the COVID-19 situation as it unfolded. Opera North supported the work from inception to press rollout, working alongside me to help our track and its accompanying film achieve its full potential. We’re still in touch now, and I’m continuing to work with the other artists on more new material.”

— Balraj Samrai, lead artist, Resonance: The Lockdown Edition

Resonance 2019: Nishla Smith

“Resonance provided an ideal framework for me to explore a new direction in my music-making. The programme combined extensive support and resources with the freedom to push myself and explore new ideas. I created a major new piece of work, and formed strong collaborative relationships with associate artists that I might not have had the confidence to develop otherwise.”

— Nishla Smith, lead artist, Resonance 2019

Watch our series of short films on Resonance workshops.

Follow #ONResonance on social media.

PRS Foundation Talent Development Partner supported by PPL


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