The Ann Maguire Arts Education Fund has awarded a £10,000 grant to Opera North, to allow local schoolchildren who would not normally have this sort of opportunity, to participate in creative workshops introducing them to opera, attend their first opera performance and create their own performances to be performed at the Howard Assembly Room in January.
Opera North’s Young Explorers is a new programme delivered by Opera North Education that will work with four local schools to engage students in the arts through a series of interactive and educational workshops. Led by two national artists, students will learn about the music of the opera, singing, acting and costume design - culminating in a student performance, where their newfound skills can be put to the test.
The schools will also be invited to attend a professional performance of L'elisir d'amore.
Speaking about the grant, Jacqui Cameron, Education Director at Opera North, said:
“We’re delighted to receive funding from the Ann Maguire Fund as it supports our mission to encourage people to explore the artform of opera and the work of Opera North. The wonderful thing about this grant is that it allows us to run a series of workshops in schools which will provide young people with the opportunity to explore the themes, stagecraft and music of opera before coming to see a live performance for the first time.”
Kerry Maguire, daughter of Ann, said,
“The arts can provide a whole new world of inspiration for young people. We are delighted to have been able to support Opera North to deliver skills training and share their enthusiasm with local schoolchildren who would not normally be able to attend an opera and gain insight into the inner workings of an arts organisation.”