Tune in to Leeds' Opera North for lockdown inspiration
The world of music has been opened up to families across Leeds and nationally online by Opera North, from children’s programmes to feelgood initiatives for adults.
Opera North’s Little School of Music offers free interactive videos aimed at primary ages, with games, quizzes and music-making. Families are encouraged to share creations on social media. Visit www.operanorth.co.uk/participate/opera-norths-little-school-of-music/
Orchestral Academy Online begins on February 15, to enable participants to celebrate what makes their instrument special and explore new ways to develop technical ability and musicality. To sign up, visit: www.operanorth.co.uk/whats-on/orchestral-academy-online/
Also to launch mid-February is ONe-to-ONe, with the chance for groups to have a song or instrumental piece performed free for them live on Zoom by a member of the chorus or orchestra of Opera North.
From Couch to Chorus: Sing into Spring runs from February 24. This pay-as-you-feel virtual choir has sessions over four weeks, teaching uplifting repertoire from Mozart, Verdi and Dvořák, culminating in the whole chorus coming together online. Book at: www.operanorth.co.uk/whats-on/from-couch-to-chorus-sing-into-spring/
Free fortnightly online singing workshops are also being held for people living with persistent pain as part of the Footsteps Festival 2021.
Richard Mantle, general director, Opera North, said: “Our hope is that this suite of digital activity will help those who have taken on the additional burden of home schooling, while offering lighter moments for people who may feel isolated in their houses.”