Family Festival

Thursday 28 Oct 2021

Join Opera North this half term as we open the doors of our transformed home to people from every corner of Leeds and the North to experience the thrill of live music, to make music with us, and to learn about music.

We welcome the whole family for a fun-filled day packed with exciting Halloween-inspired activities and operatic adventures suitable for all ages! Book on to one of our specially-devised workshops; singing, storytelling, crafting and sessions for pre-schoolers and catch a screening of our very own Whistle Stop Opera: Cinderella. Or if you prefer, simply put your feet up with a cup of tea and enjoy the atmosphere of the stunning Howard Assembly Room. We can’t wait to welcome you through our doors!

All this change has been part of our £18 million capital project Music Works to create a place where everyone is welcome to experience the joy of music. Our thanks go to the late Dr Keith Howard MBE and our many generous supporters and funders who made this possible.

Price
Free
Venue
  • Opera North

Covid guidance
To ensure the safety of you, our staff and our guest artists, masks are mandatory for adults and young people aged 11+ as you move around our buildings. If you have booked for a seated event, masks may be removed once seated.

Tickets will be available on the day but booking is advised. For access queries please contact the Box Office.

The Big Family Sing

Location: Howard Assembly Room
Start times: 10.30am, 1.30pm

Have you ever wanted to be part of an opera chorus? Visit our beautiful Howard Assembly Room space and immerse yourself in a musical extravaganza!

Our leader will teach you some popular opera choruses and Halloween-themed songs which will culminate in a rousing performance for all family members to take part in. Suitable for all ages.

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Whistle Stop Opera: Cinderella

Location: Bramall Studio, Howard Opera Centre
Start time: 1pm, 2pm, 3pm

Come and watch our 40-minute film of a much-loved fairy tale, but not quite as you know it… Cinderella spends her days scrubbing the floors, dreaming of a better life. The prince spends his looking out of the palace windows, dreaming of the perfect companion. Until fate intervenes, the two meet, and the rest is history…

Opera North’s whistle stop tour of Cinderella is the perfect chance to experience the charm of opera whatever your age!

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Creative crafting

Location: Holbeck Studio, Howard Opera Centre
Start times: 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm

Book one of the listed slots during the day to craft your own magical creatures and characters with our puppet-maker. There will be a range of activities on offer for all ages, and you’ll get to take your creation home with you at the end of the day.

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Magical Folktales

Location: Howard Assembly Room 
Start times: 12pm, 3pm

Join our storyteller and musician to explore tales of wizards and witches, owls and hares and monsters with red noses!

A fun, interactive session for ages 5+.

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Little ONes (special edition)

Location: Bramall Studio, Howard Opera Centre
Start times: 10.15am, 11.30am

Bring your Little ONes to explore the wonderful world of opera, in sessions designed especially for your babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers. Expect a whole range of multi-sensory magic; music, singing, dancing, storytelling and more, taking place in our brand new, accessible education studio at the newly redeveloped Howard Opera Centre. If you enjoy the session, you can sign up for our next Little Ones course in the new year!

Suitable for 0 – 4 year olds.

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Itinerary

The Big Family Sing
Howard Assembly Room
10.30am,1.30pm

Magical Folktales
Howard Assembly Room
12pm, 3pm

Little ONes (special edition)
Bramall Studio, Howard Opera Centre
10.15am, 11am

Whistle Stop Opera: Cinderella
Bramall Studio, Howard Opera Centre
1pm, 2pm, 3pm

Creative Crafting
Holbeck Studio, Howard Opera Centre
11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm

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