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All Together Now

Support our 2018 Christmas campaign and share the extraordinary power of music and opera.

This Christmas, you have the chance to share the extraordinary power of music and opera. A donation of £15 could provide a ticket for a vulnerable or isolated member of our local community to attend a performance with us:

  • £15 could enable an isolated or vulnerable person to experience opera         
  • £30 could enable two isolated or vulnerable people to come to the theatre
  • £200 could provide a workshop for people in their own community setting

“Music lifts my soul and improves my health more than any tablet!”

– Participant in Opera North’s Encore Scheme

Our Community Partnerships projects help to transform the lives of people across Leeds through music and opera. Support for the campaign will help us to reach even more people whose circumstances currently prevent them from engaging with the arts. #ONAllTogetherNow

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Encore Scheme

Almost 15,000 people have benefited already from the Encore Scheme which sees Opera North working with over 100 community groups in the city, enabling isolated and vulnerable people to come to the theatre and the Howard Assembly Room and hosting special taster performances in venues of their choice. For many of the members, opera has become a lifeline which gives them both a reason and opportunity to get out and about.

“It was a lovely evening – I don’t go out much and I felt lifted and relaxed. All my problems drifted  away. It was not like TV; it was two hours to relax, concentrate and forget my worries.”

– Client, Leeds Together Women Project, supporting women offenders and women at risk of offending

Through providing free or heavily subsidised tickets and by ensuring everyone feels welcome, regardless of their circumstances, the scheme ensures that no-one is excluded from enjoying opera and live performance.

“Opera is very important to our group. It brings people together and gives them something to focus on. They look forward to it for weeks before and then talk about it for weeks after. They are so effervescent when they come out of a show.”

– Organiser, Making Spacea befriending and peer support service for people who have experienced mental health issues

Bravo Scheme

The Bravo Scheme enables people to come to the opera independent of a group, and also to attend and take part in a wide range of social events. These have previously included a Community Choir, taster performances, workshops and special pre-show talks.

“I lost my husband, it will be five years next month. The Bravo Club has made a big difference in my life – if I didn’t come here, I would be at a loss.”

– Bravo Club member

Often members of the Encore Scheme will join Bravo as they gain in confidence and decide that they feel able and would like to venture out by themselves.

Experiencing theatre behind-the-scenes with Opera North © Justin Slee

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