Leeds Town Hall recently played host to 290 young singers and instrumentalists from three of the city's primary schools as they performed in the In Harmony Opera North end-of-year-concert.
This was the fifth time that the In Harmony Opera North students have come together to celebrate the end of a successful musical year and to show friends and family the skills they have acquired over the previous 12 months.
Years 5 and 6 from Windmill Primary School, where the In Harmony Opera North community residency launched in 2013, were joined by the same year groups from Low Road Primary School and from the project's newest recruit, New Bewerley Primary School in Beeston, south Leeds. Together they performed a selection of pieces accompanied by the Orchestra of Opera North and conducted by Peter Selwyn.
The repertoire comprised a mix of vocal and orchestral excerpts and included music by Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky, Wagner, Mozart, Grieg and Rimsky-Korsakov. The children also performed 'Flight to Neverland' from Hook and 'Pure Imagination' from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.
Ensuring every child has an opportunity to learn to play an orchestral instrument and to perfect their singing skills lies at the heart of In Harmony Opera North which facilitates regular music-making both in and out of school. The residency also gives the children as many opportunities as possible to perform at prestigious venues both in Leeds and further afield.
Today was overwhelming. So much appreciation for the entire Opera North organisation for supporting our children's choral and musical futures.
- Andy Gamble, Executive Headteacher, Windmill Music Federation
Photo credit: Justin Slee