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Resonance 2018: call for applications from BAME music-makers


Opera North is seeking music-makers from Black, Asian, and minority ethnic backgrounds to take part in a new residency programme. Resonance 2018 is open to musicians, composers and performers working in all musical genres, aged 18 and over and living in the North of England, who are interested in collaborating with performers from other artistic disciplines, telling stories, or testing an exciting possibility.

Supported by PRS Foundation’s Talent Development Partner Network, Resonance will offer successful applicants a week’s residency at Opera North to begin developing a performance idea, with support including:

  • up to a week of free rehearsal space in central Leeds
  • a grant of up to £3,000 to cover fees for those involved and any other costs
  • support and advice as needed from technicians, producers and others
  • a ‘work in progress’ performance opportunity for an invited audience
  • signposting to further opportunities.

Projects must include at least one collaborator other than the lead artist, and participants should be available for a week between 19 Feb and 26 March 2018.

Resonance 2018 is run by Opera North’s Projects department, which seeks to explode conventional notions of opera, and put back together its elements of music, performance, visuals and movement in new ways. The home of Opera North Projects is the Howard Assembly Room, a 300 seat venue for music ranging from Afrobeat and reggae to classical western and Indian music, blues, folk and even throat singing. Opera North hopes to reflect this musical diversity in the Resonance 2018 programme.

Applicants must complete a short application form and submit it by 10am on Thursday 12 October 2017. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their submission by Thursday 26 October, and shortlisted artists will be asked for a short informal phone conversation to discuss their project further. 

Solstice 2017, Howard Assembly Room, Leeds, presented by South Asian Art-uk and Opera North. Credit: Simon Godley
Estere performs in the Howard Assembly Room, Summer 2016. Credit: Tom Arber
Mbongwana Star in the Howard Assembly Room, Summer 2016. Credit: Tom Arber

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