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bdb: vibrant partnership to continue

At a particularly challenging time for live music and performance, Harrogate-based financial planning service bdb have confirmed their second year of partnership with Opera North.

The move reaffirms their commitment to championing the arts and supporting the company as it seeks to transform lives through its work across the region and beyond.

“We are delighted to be entering into our second year of partnership with Opera North, at a time when it has become clear how vital the arts are to wellbeing and the genuine enjoyment that they bring to people’s lives. Our partnership with Opera North over the past year and a half has been rewarding and productive, and we are proud to support them in their mission to use music and performance to create memorable and inspirational experiences for everyone.”

— Andrew Brook-Dobson, Managing Director at bdb

Encore event, part of Opera North's Community Engagement programme © Tom Arber

The two companies have worked closely together over the past year to enable more people in the region to experience the power of music. As a result, engagement with the arts has become an integral part of bdb’s philosophy, with both organisations creating a special event together at Bowcliffe Hall in Leeds last year.

With the current restrictions regarding live performance, the two companies will continue to collaborate flexibly through unique digital engagement opportunities, and look forward to being back together in person in 2021 as the situation changes and performances in front of an audience are permitted again.

Phillip Rhodes and Alexandra Oomens at An Evening of Opera hosted by bdb at Bowcliffe Hall © Lily North

Through its partnerships with companies such as bdb, Opera North aims to build increasingly strong connections with successful business leaders who value the role the arts play in making the North of England a vibrant place to live and work, and in helping to maintain both staff and client wellbeing during complex times.

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