Pupils from two schools on Hull's Bransholme Estate will be joining forces with their contemporaries from Leeds and the Orchestra of Opera North to celebrate Christmas in style with a special seasonal concert on Tuesday 8 December involving more than 500 children.
The event, which starts at 2pm in Hull City Hall, will feature key stage 2 children from Bude Park Primary School who have been involved since September 2014 with Opera North's pioneering community residency, Opera North Singing School. Supported by Hull-based William Jackson Food Group, this provides singing and performing arts tuition for everyone at the school for up to three hours a week. Joining them will be older students from the Winifred Holtby Academy who have been studying musicianship and exploring the power of the voice as part of Opera North's Exchanging Notes project, funded by Youth Music.
In a bid to build connnections across Yorkshire and to encourage the children to feel part of a wider musical community, the performance will also include pupils from Windmill Primary School and Low Road Primary School in Leeds, where Opera North runs its award-winning In Harmony Opera North initiative. This embeds music into the daily life of the school and supports every child to learn to play a musical instrument, and to play and sing in weekly orchestral and choir sessions.
Entitled ‘A Yorkshire Christmas: Past and Present’, the concert will take the audience on a festive journey from the start of the twentieth century to the present day, focusing on the life of Hull City Hall, which was built in 1903. Over the course of the afternoon, seasonal songs, festive orchestral excerpts, readings and tableau scenes will be used to reflect on Christmas celebrations over the ages from the pre-war uncertainty and austerity experienced by Hull residents during the two World Wars, through to the present day and the young people’s hopes for future Christmases.
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