Education and engagement

In Harmony Opera North (Leeds)

In Harmony Opera North is a Community Residency programme taking place at Windmill Primary School and Low Road Primary School impacting on 650 children in full-time education and the wider community in the Belle Isle area of South Leeds.

It is the first In Harmony project in Yorkshire, the only one nationally that is delivered by an opera company, and includes a focus on singing and the other elements that make up the operatic art form as well as instrument playing.

In Harmony Opera North (Leeds) focuses on the children and wider school community of Windmill and Low Road Primary Schools, seeking to deliver an inclusive programme of high quality music education and performance opportunities in order to encourage young people from all backgrounds to engage with the arts and, through doing so, deliver wider benefits such as increased confidence, aspiration, engagement with formal learning, and an increase in parental engagement.  Low Road Primary School joined the programme in September 2015.

All of the children with In Harmony Opera North take part in transformational music activities, both within curriculum time and as free extra-curricular activities. All Year 1-6 pupils have the opportunity to play in an orchestra and receive their own instrument, in addition to singing activities, which develop musicianship skills.

Other workshops and outreach activities range from a community choir to pop-up performances by musicians from the Orchestra of Opera North in shops and living rooms, extending the reach of In Harmony throughout the local community to include adults and older children. 

In Harmony is a national initiative that aims to inspire and transform the lives of children, their families and wider communities through school and community-based orchestral music-making. The programme, currently funded by the Department for Education and Arts Council England, has ongoing projects in Lambeth and Liverpool, Newcastle and Gateshead, Nottingham, and Telford and Stoke in addition to In Harmony Opera North.

The In Harmony programme at Low Road and Windmill Music Federation continues to go from strength to strength. I am delighted with these results [SATS results went up by 20% at Windmill Primary School in 2015].  We have observed many significant effects on the pupils’ skills at Windmill such as teamwork, co-operation, social etiquette and self-confidence. It is my belief that the cultural enrichment provided by the In Harmony programme has had a direct impact on the positive learning culture and subsequently contributed towards improved results.

— Andy Gamble, Executive Headteacher, Low Road and Windmill Music Federation

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