Music Works will cement Opera North as a creative powerhouse in the heart of Leeds, committed to using music to create extraordinary experiences every day for and with the communities we serve.

The challenges created by Covid-19 have shown us how important culture is in helping us to stay connected, seek escapism and make sense of the world around us.

Our commitment to our artists, audiences and participants is to ensure that we emerge from this pandemic stronger, delivering on our core purpose and helping our communities to build back better. Now more than ever, the Music Works redevelopment will enable us to do this.

More extraordinary experiences

With a new restaurant and bar and refurbished Box Office, our historic building will be open to everyone from morning till late at night

A fully accessible estate

A new restaurant and bar, open all day, to audiences and general public

A refurbished Opera North Box Office and reception for Leeds Grand Theatre

Restoration of our Grade II listed building

A home for Opera North Education

We are creating a specially designed Education Studio to give our award-winning education work a permanent base within Opera North

A new, flexible Education Studio where audiences of all ages and backgrounds can learn about and participate in making music
A music coaching room and break out spaces for school groups and students
A shared entrance for students, artists and staff, placing young people at the heart of the Company

A cultural flagship for Leeds

We are investing in state of the art and environmentally sustainable facilities to house our staff of over 250 people and more than 370 visiting artists who work with Opera North each year

An environmentally efficient estate
Photovoltaic panels to generate energy
A major capital investment in the run up to 2023 Leeds cultural celebrations
A significant contribution to the wider improvements to the New Briggate public realm

Step inside...

Take a look as our new building develops – from new places to eat, drink and relax to our state of the art education studio and new facilities for world-class music making, we can’t wait to welcome you inside.

Cutting-edge facilities

We’re transforming Opera North’s estate on Harrison Street to create an outstanding artistic centre for the Company’s creative work

A purpose-built Music Rehearsal Studio and three music coaching rooms
Refurbished Costume Workshop and Dye Room
A new artist and Company green room

More live music

With more performances in the Howard Assembly Room, the venue will have a dedicated public entrance and new public spaces

More performances in the Howard Assembly Room
A dedicated entrance and a beautiful atrium for the Howard Assembly Room
An open, welcoming building that is fully accessible at all levels

Keep in touch

To discuss how you can support Music Works in more detail, please contact Natalie Rawel, Capital Campaign Co-ordinator, or sign up to our mailing list below.

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