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Resonance residencies

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

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

You might be 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.

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

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

Applications for Resonance 2022 have now closed, but if you are eligible to take part in the next round and would like to express your interest, email: kathryn.gasic@operanorth.co.uk

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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