Music for the festive season

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Schoolchildren and musicians will give a free concert at Trinity Leeds to herald the start of Opera North’s Christmas programme.

The 150 youngsters from Windmill and Low Road primary schools will join The Chorus of Opera North and a brass ensemble from the Orchestra of Opera North for the Festive Fanfare at the shopping centre on December 10.

Shoppers will be encouraged to sing along with the children, who have been participating in Opera North’s In Harmony Community Residency programme, during the concert of Christmas hymns and rousing brass band music at 2.30pm.

Opera North’s general director Richard Mantle said: “From performances and workshops for the very young to a number of concerts for the more seasoned concert-goer, we believe our Christmas celebrations at Opera North offer something for everyone. We are delighted to be performing in a variety of venues across Yorkshire, and are particularly pleased that the In Harmony children will be opening the festivities for us at Trinity Leeds - an event which is guaranteed to put everyone in a suitably festive mood.”

The Orchestra of Opera North will be joined by Leeds Festival Chorus for a performance of Handel’s Messiah at Leeds Town Hall on December 12.

Kicking off the orchestra’s Yuletide family concert programme is a double bill of The Snowman & Paddington Bear’s First Concert at Leeds Town Hall on December 20 and Royal Hall, Harrogate, on December 15. The orchestra will be joined by the Chorus of Opera North, Opera North Children’s Chorus and Youth Chorus at Dewsbury Town Hall on December 17 for A Joyous Christmas. A candlelit concert, The Night Before Christmas, brings festive music to the Howard Assembly Room on December 18 ahead of Tim Burton’s Yuletide fable, The Nightmare Before Christmas, on December 19.

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