Opera North Children's Chorus (ages 8–12)

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The Opera North Children’s Chorus (ONCC) provides boys and girls aged 8–12 from across the North of England 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 will also have the opportunity to work with professional directors and movement specialists to develop skills in drama and stagecraft.

Members perform throughout the year both locally and nationally alongside professionals such as the Chorus and Orchestra of Opera North. The Children’s Chorus is proud to have previously performed at Spitalfields Music Winter Festival with The Sixteen. In 2016, ONCC gave an acclaimed performance at the Southbank Centre in London as part of their Myths and Legends tour. Repertoire includes both secular and sacred music from a variety of genres, with a particular focus on classical music/opera.

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.

“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

“We just all enjoy singing. It’s always a place I want to go”

Rive, 10, ONCC Newcastle

 

Price
Paid termly
Venues
  • Yorkshire Dance, Leeds
  • Theatre Royal Newcastle

Price details
Membership fee is £50 per term (£150 for the academic year)

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When do we meet?
Every Thursday evening (term time only) from 5.00pm to 6.30pm at Yorkshire Dance, Leeds.

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. These bursary places cover the cost of our membership fees and also cover any additional expenses that may be associated with taking part. 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?
ONCC Leeds auditions are usually held in September and January every year.

We welcome expressions of interest throughout the year. Please complete the ‘Express an interest’ form above to be added to our waiting list and we will be in touch with further details, including upcoming audition dates.

When do we meet?
Every Monday evening (term time only) from 5.00pm to 6.30pm at Theatre Royal, Newcastle.

What performance opportunities are there for members?
Working with the support of a professional opera company, ONCC Newcastle provides boys and girls aged 8-12 with exciting opportunities to further their musical education and talent. Members perform throughout the year both locally and nationally alongside professionals such as the Chorus and Orchestra of Opera North. Entry is by audition, but we are looking for potential and welcome singers of all levels of experience.

How much does it cost?
The membership fee is £50 per term.

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. These bursary places cover the cost of our membership fees and also cover any additional expenses that may be associated with taking part. 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?
We will be welcoming expressions of interest throughout the year. Please complete the ‘Express an interest’ form above to be added to our waiting list and we will be in touch with further details about the chorus, including taster session and audition dates.

Opera North Children's Chorus (ages 8–12)
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