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Opera North Children's Chorus appoints Music Director

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Opera North is delighted to announce Justin Doyle as the newly appointed Music Director for the recently launched Opera North Children’s Chorus. Justin will begin work to train the 80-strong chorus in May.

Justin is a familiar face at Opera North, regularly conducting mainstage and Howard Assembly Room performances. Awarded the first Conductor Fellowship with the BBC Singers and conducting orchestras such as Northern Sinfonia and Manchester Camerata, Justin is an exciting, young talent who will bring energy and expertise to the project.

The search for members began last month with auditions to find 90 children. They will perform three solo concerts per year in the Howard Assembly Room, one of which will be curated by the children. There will also be opportunities for members of the Chorus to appear in some of Opera North’s mainstage productions. Regular auditions will continue to grow the Chorus to around 90.

Opera North is working with over 50 schools across Leeds, specifically those that face the greatest challenges. Justin Doyle is holding singing workshops in 14 schools to engage and excite budding singers and encourage them to audition.

The Opera North Children’s Chorus is the first focused, regular ensemble of its kind in the UK. Members will be trained to read music, sing in different languages and further their vocal development. The children will also be coached on stagecraft to increase their performance and acting skills and will be offered individual tuition to develop these skills further.

Rehearsals will be on 19 May, 16 June, 2 July which will also be a mini-performance for parents and 7 July.

The Opera North Children's Chorus is funded by the Holbeck Charitable Trust and the Opera North Future Fund.

To find out more about Opera North Education go here.

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