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Spiders take their revenge with ONCC


Members of Opera North's Children's Chorus in both Leeds and Newcastle will be joining forces this weekend for two special performances of The Spiders' Revenge by Sir Peter Maxwell Davies.

The first will be held in ONCC Leeds' home town with a performance on Saturday morning, 4 November, in the Howard Assembly Room. The following day, the young singers will travel to the North East to perform for the first time in Durham Town Hall. 

Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’ thought-provoking musical theatre work tells the story of two children who struggle to understand why the insects in the garden exist and so delight in tormenting them as part of their games. Eventually, the spiders decide to open the youngsters’ eyes to the wonders of the mini-beasts’ kingdom, capturing them in their webs before showing them that every creature has its place on earth, however small and insignificant they may at first appear. 

Opera North launched the Newcastle branch of their Children’s Chorus over a year ago, having successfully run the Leeds' Chorus since 2011. Both groups give 8 to 12-year-olds the chance to meet weekly during term-time to perfect their vocal technique and master all aspects of musicianship with the help of Opera North’s professional delivery artists. 

Freya loves ONCC and is always singing the songs around the house – so much so that her younger brother knows most of them now too. We didn't realise there would be so many opportunities when she joined - thanks to everyone! She has also made lots of new friends.

— ONCC Parent

The Spiders' Revenge lasts around half an hour, making it perfect for younger members of the family, and will be directed by John Wilkie and conducted by Opera North’s James Bingham, with accompaniment provided by pianist Jenny Martins. The Leeds performance starts at 11.30am on Saturday 4 November, while the one in Durham Town Hall starts at 4pm on Sunday 5 November. Tickets cost £3 for adults (£1 for under 16s). 

Photo credit: Justin Slee

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