We are delighted to have reached the finals of The National Lottery Awards with our pioneering music education programme, In Harmony Opera North.
The National Lottery Awards are the annual search for the UK’s favourite National Lottery-funded projects, and they aim to celebrate the inspirational people and projects who do extraordinary things with National Lottery funding all across the UK.
In Harmony Opera North is competing against six other projects for the title of Best Arts Project. We need your vote to help us win!
Please support us by casting a vote on www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk/awards, or by tweeting using #NLAInHarmony, our unique hashtag.
If you’d prefer to vote by phone, there is a dedicated voting number: 0844 836 9675. Calls cost 5p but please be advised that connection charges may be applied by some networks, so please check with your provider.
In Harmony Opera North ensures over 1,100 children from all backgrounds and abilities in south Leeds benefit from the transferable skills that regular structured music making brings: communication and listening skills, confidence, team work, adaptability and perseverance.
Delivered by Opera North, the programme was initially established in one primary school in south Leeds in January 2013; it has since been extended to 3 primary schools where all pupils take part in at least 2 hours of music-making activities during school hours each week. Every child sings in a choir and, from the age of 7, every child has their own instrument (violin, viola, cello, double bass, flute, clarinet, trumpet or trombone) and takes part in small group instrumental lessons and orchestra sessions.
As well as these weekly in-school activities, pupils can join after school music clubs. The whole school take part in workshops and performances throughout the year, including concerts with the Orchestra and Chorus of Opera North in venues such as Leeds Town Hall, Sage Gateshead and Ripon Cathedral.
Young musicians from In Harmony Opera North perform at Leeds Town Hall. Photo credit: Tom Arber
Choirs from In Harmony Opera North sing at Leeds Town Hall. Photo credit: Jonny Walton