Forging a strong commitment to a closer relationship between the arts and business communities in Yorkshire, Opera North welcomes Harrogate-based financial planning service bdb as its latest Corporate Member.
Taking a collaborative approach to building meaningful partnerships, Opera North works closely with its corporate members to meet each business’s individual needs. The range of benefits available to partner companies includes engagement with the company’s education and community outreach work, backstage tours, employee workshops and creative training opportunities with Opera North’s team. Members can also access hospitality packages for staff and clients, from tickets to Opera North’s innovative productions, to special receptions, networking events and private performances.
Celine Delasalle, Head of Communications & Strategic Partnerships at bdb, said:
“At bdb, we measure wealth in terms of time, relationships and experiences, and are committed to offering our clients a bespoke service to ensure they can get the most out of their lives both now and in the future. We were attracted to the fact that Opera North share our values of quality, expertise and excellence and were most impressed by the team’s collaborative approach to working with businesses to ensure an excellent return on investment.”
The support of corporate members plays a crucial part in the success of Opera North, whether enabling the company to ensure that opera of the highest quality is accessible to everybody through the recently launched £20 Try It ON ticket scheme for new attenders, delivering music education projects with real impact, or reaching more people in Leeds and further afield through pioneering community engagement work.
Soprano Jennifer France and pianist Martin Pickard entertain Opera North’s Business Partners in the Howard Assembly Room, Leeds © Simon Hylton
A registered charity and one of the UK’s largest arts companies, Opera North is funded through a combination of public and private sources, earned revenue from ticket sales, and support from individual and corporate donors. 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 who are keen to further Yorkshire’s vast cultural, social, and economic potential. Other corporate members include Emerald Publishing, Sagars and Trinity Leeds.