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Singers Of All Ages Enjoy Music With Opera North
photo by Justin Slee
Older singers from across the city will be finding out exactly what it is like to perform in an operatic ensemble when they join Opera North for a special side-by-side event with the Company's celebrated chorus this week.

Opera North currently runs weekly Sing ON sessions for people aged 55 and over in Morley, Batley, Alwoodley and Oakwood.

This Thursday, 19 October, at 10am, members from all four groups will be coming together in the Howard Assembly Room in Leeds for a two-hour workshop with Matt Roughley, Opera North Choral Delivery Artist, followed by a session with Oliver Rundell, Opera North Chorus Master. They will then get a chance to see inside one of Opera North's rehearsal rooms when all 36 members of the Chorus join them for an hour-long 'rehearsal' session.

Over the course of the day, the participants will master and sing a selection of pieces from Trial by Jury which is currently being performed as part of Opera North's season of The Little Greats at Leeds Grand Theatre and which is cast entirely from the Chorus of Opera North. There will even be a special guest appearance from Trial by Jury's Learned Judge, Jeremy Peaker.

photo by Justin Slee
Jacqui Cameron, Opera North Education Director, said:

"We love being able to offer people exciting creative opportunities including the chance to perform with our professional singers and to experience at first hand the power of their voices up close. Alongside that, we are also fully committed to providing regular weekly sessions where participants can sing together in a friendly, informal setting.

"Our groups are open to everyone - there's no requirement to be able to read music or to have any previous singing experience. Our vocal leaders are adept at making everyone feel welcome and helping them master each piece successfully to give a real sense of achievement as they experience the joy of singing as part of a group."

The Sing ON groups at Alwoodley and Oakwood will also get the chance to see Opera North's Whistle Stop Opera when it is performed at their venues on Tuesday 7 November.

Devised and narrated by John Savournin, the director of Trial by Jury, the performance packs the power of opera into 30 minutes of laughter, love and tragedy. Arias featured in The Little Greats season, plus favourites including Nessun dorma, chart the comic ups and downs of a young couple sung by soprano Elin Pritchard, and baritone Milo Harries.

Younger members of the family in Morley get their very own weekly drop-in sessions with Little Singers, fun, friendly musical workshops especially designed for babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers.

Held in Morley Town Hall on a Monday morning, the informal sessions provide the perfect uplifting start to the week with games, instrument playing and singing led by experienced professional artists.

Sessions cost £5 per child with an accompanying adult able to join in for free. There is no need to pre-book. Further Little Singers workshops are held during the week at the Howard Assembly Room and Colton Children's Centre in Leeds, and at Cast in Doncaster.

Opera North's family activities in Yorkshire are generously supported by The Liz and Terry Bramall Foundation.

Sing ON

Morley Town Hall (Morleian Room)
Every Monday (excl. 23 Oct) until 11 December at 9.30am
£5 per person
Pay on door - no booking necessary

Batley Central Methodist Church (Brimer Hall)
Every Monday (excl. 23 Oct) until 11 December at 2.00pm
£5 per person
Pay on door - no booking necessary

St Barnabas Church, Alwoodley
Every Tuesday (excl. 24 Oct and 7 Nov) until 12 December at 10am
£5 per person
Pay on door - no booking necessary

Oakwood Church (New Room)
Tuesday (excl. 24 Oct and 7 Nov) until 12 December at 3pm
£5 per person
Pay on door - no booking necessary

Whistle Stop Opera

St Barnabas Church, Alwoodley
Tuesday 7 November at 10.30am
£5 per person
Pay on door - no booking necessary

Oakwood Church (New Room)
Tuesday 7 November at 3pm
£5 per person
Pay on door - no booking necessary

Little Singers

Howard Assembly Room
Every Monday during term-time at 10.15am
Tickets: £6 per child (accompanying adult free; sibling under 12 months £1)
Box Office: 0844 848 2720
Online: operanorth.co.uk

Morley Town Hall
Every Monday during term-time at 11.15am
Tickets: £5 per child (accompanying adult free; sibling under 12 months £1)
Pay on the door

Cast, Doncaster
Every Wednesday during term-time at 10.00am
Tickets: £3.50 per person
Box Office: 01302 303 959
Online: castindoncaster.com

Colton Children's Centre, Colton Primary School, Leeds
Every Thursday during term-time at 10.00am
Tickets: £4 per child (accompanying adult free; sibling under 12 months, £1)
Pay on the door

Singers Of All Ages Enjoy Music With Opera North, 18th October 2017, 13:02 PM