OPERA NORTH SPREADS ANIMAL MAGIC ACROSS THE NORTH

Young music lovers across the north of England will have the chance to experience some toe-tapping animal magic this autumn as the brass players from the Orchestra of Opera North take Little Listeners: The Carnival of the Animals on the road.

After sell-out dates in Hexham and Leeds, the concert is touring to the National Centre for Early Music in York on Friday 11 October, Cast in Doncaster on Thursday 17 October, Seven Stories in Newcastle on Friday 1 November and The Lowry in Salford Quays on Friday 15 November. During the event, the under-fives will be able to get up close to the brass instruments, while enjoying a selection of music from Saint-Saëns The Carnival of the Animalswith narration by ‘zookeeper’ John Savournin.

Unlike more formal concerts, the audience will be encouraged to move around and respond to the music as they wish, making the 45-minute concert fun and engaging for the children, as well as being a relaxing event for the parents and carers who accompany them.

Jacqui Cameron, Education Director, Opera North, said:

“It’s never too young to introduce children to classical music and to show them how enjoyable it can be. Our aim with these sessions is to keep everything as friendly and informal as possible, with the babies and toddlers taking part and responding however they choose.  

“We love watching the children’s enthusiastic reactions to the music and the instruments, which is one of the reasons our musicians enjoy playing in these concerts so much.”

Performances have also been held for the Nursery and Early Years pupils at four primary schools in south Leeds where Opera North runs its award-winning In Harmony programme: Windmill Primary School, Low Road Primary School, New Bewerley Primary School and Richmond Hill Academy. The project ensures every child is exposed to music at an early age, with pupils being given the opportunity to learn to sing, play an orchestral instrument and take part in performances.

Opera North’s education programme is supported by Opera North Future Fund, The Whitaker Charitable Trust and The Emerald Foundation. The company’s families programme is supported by The Liz and Terry Bramall Foundation in Yorkshire and by the Sir James Knott Trust in the North East.