Education and engagement

Opera North Children's Chorus

The Opera North Children’s Chorus (ONCC) provides boys and girls aged 8–13 from across the North of England with exciting opportunities to further their musical education and talent through the support of a professional opera company.

Expert training and guidance provided through weekly rehearsals enables children to develop outstanding vocal technique and musicianship skills whilst making new friends and developing a life-long love of singing. Members will also have the opportunity to work with professional directors and movement specialists to develop skills in drama and stagecraft.

Members perform throughout the year both locally and nationally alongside professionals such as the Chorus and Orchestra of Opera North. The Children’s Chorus is proud to have previously performed at Spitalfields Music Winter Festival with The Sixteen. In 2016, ONCC gave an acclaimed performance at the Southbank Centre in London as part of their Myths and Legends tour. Repertoire includes both secular and sacred music from a variety of genres, with a particular focus on classical music/opera.

Entry is by audition, but we are looking for potential and welcome singers of all levels of experience. We offer financial assistance to ensure that costs do not create a barrier to taking part.

Feedback from ONCC members:

I have loved my time and experience with ONCC. I’ve made lots of friends and learnt to sing in different languages.

 — ONCC member

My child has made friends from different areas and really looks forward to attending each week, learning new music and being taught to achieve their absolute best.

— ONCC parent

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