From September, Opera North will be offering more opportunities for children to enjoy classical music through our main artistic programme with an expanding series of performances, special concerts and workshops to inspire children and adults alike.
Specially programmed family shows such as Musical Rumpus (29 Oct) aims to encourage toddlers and their families to discover making music together as part of an interactive, multi-sensory experience in the Howard Assembly Room.
Following on from last year’s hugely successful School’s Performance of The Bartered Bride which saw more than 600 children fill the Leeds Grand Theatre, the company of Opera North’s production of L’elisir d’amore will present a special performance just for schools on Tuesday 23 February.
Opera North also continues its commitment to providing world-class orchestral music in Kirklees and this year Huddersfield Town Hall will welcome local families to enjoy classical music together for Paddington Bear’s First Concert (25 Oct). In this charming family concert, Paddington arrives in London from darkest Peru and goes to his very first concert, where he hears music by Schubert, Haydn, Rossini and even Ástor Piazzolla.
The whole family is welcome and as part of the great value Kirklees Concert Season ‘Under 13s’ offer, all children under the age of 13 can attend for just a pound. Children can also attend a free Paddington Bear themed arts and crafts workshop before the show (1.30pm to 2.15pm) and what’s more, Paddington himself will even be making an appearance! When it comes to keeping the kids entertained, it doesn’t come much cheaper than a pound - and the concerts at both the Huddersfield and Dewsbury Town Halls are the ideal way to introduce children and young people to the unforgettable experience live classical music.
Photo by Tom Arber