Opera North Children's Chorus (ages 8–11)

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The Opera North Children’s Chorus (ONCC) provides boys and girls aged 8–11 with exciting opportunities to further their musical education and talent through the support of a professional opera company.

Expert training and guidance provided through weekly rehearsals enables children to develop outstanding vocal technique and musicianship skills whilst making new friends and developing a life-long love of singing. Members also work with professional directors and movement specialists to develop skills in drama and stagecraft.

The Children’s Chorus perform throughout the year both locally and nationally alongside professionals such as the Chorus and Orchestra of Opera North. Previous performances included ‘Myth and Legends’ at the Southbank Centre, ‘Songs of Love and Battle’ at Leeds and Huddersfield Town Hall and ‘Don’t Call a Dragon a Worm!’ at the Georgian Theatre Royal in Richmond. Repertoire includes both secular and sacred music from a variety of genres, with a particular focus on classical music/opera.

Members of the Children’s Chorus are regularly invited to audition for mainstage productions.

Entry is by audition, but we are looking for potential and welcome singers of all levels of experience. We offer financial assistance to ensure that costs do not create a barrier to taking part.

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“I like it because it’s a really friendly environment and you get to do something you love, like singing or performing.”

Akele, 11, ONCC Leeds

“Crystal has had a wonderful time with the ONCC; meeting new friends & enjoying the thrill of performing in a large venue en masse. You have inspired her to sing!”


Membership fee is £50 per term (£150 for the academic year)
  • Yorkshire Dance, Leeds

Auditions are held once a year in June/July

When and where do we meet?
Every Thursday evening (term time only) from 5.00pm to 6.30pm at Yorkshire Dance, 3 St Peter’s Square, Leeds, LS9 8AH.

How much does it cost?
£50 per term (£150 for the academic year).

We do not wish these fees to present a barrier to any potential members therefore please be aware we offer bursary places to families in challenging circumstances. Please contact Opera North Education at youthensembles@operanorth.co.uk for more information and to find out if you are eligible.

How and when can I apply?
Auditions are held once a year in June/July. We welcome applications throughout the year. All you need to do is click on ‘Express and interest’ at the top of the page and fill in your details. You will then be added to our waiting list and we will be in touch with further details.

Opera North Children's Chorus (ages 8–11)
Opera North Children's Chorus (ages 8–11)

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