Song of our Heartland

A community opera

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We are very sorry to announce that all rehearsals and the scheduled performances on 29 and 30 May of Song of our Heartland, our new community opera in partnership with Northern Heartlands, have now been cancelled in response to Government advice regarding COVID-19.

We hope to be able to continue this exciting project in the future, but in the meantime the safety and wellbeing of participants, audiences and staff are our highest concern. We would like to thank Northern Heartlands and everyone who has contributed to this project, including everyone who attended workshops and rehearsals and the wonderful creative team, for all of their hard work on this to date. Ticket bookers can email to request a call back and arrange a refund. For more information, visit the Locomotion website.


Following the death of Harold, a former miner and railway signalman, his wife Lilian, daughter Jacqueline and granddaughter Skylar face a stark choice. Should they move away to find jobs and new opportunities, or stay to face an uncertain future?

Forced to remain by Harold’s death and driven by her grandad’s spirit, Skylar fights to save the things which are most important to her; the school choir and the abandoned Moonlight Ballroom Theatre.

This new community opera will be performed in an immersive style amongst the trains and exhibits at Locomotion, Shildon. The Chorus and Orchestra of Opera North join forces with a newly-formed Community Chorus, drawn from the local area of south and west County Durham.

Produced by Opera North in partnership with Northern Heartlands

£12.50 | Children / Unwaged £5

Running time
Approximately 1 hour

Music by Will Todd
Story & Directed by Caroline Clegg
Libretto by Emma Jenkins


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