In Harmony Opera North is a Community Residency programme taking place at three schools in south Leeds including New Bewerley Community School; it involves over 1100 children in full-time education. As the only In Harmony project that is delivered by an opera company, it includes a focus on singing and other elements that make up the operatic art form, as well as instrument playing.
In Harmony Opera North seeks to deliver an inclusive programme of high quality music education and performance opportunities in order to encourage young people from all backgrounds to engage with the arts and, through doing so, benefit from a range of wider outcomes.
The programme aims to raise aspirations, increase expectations, and use group music-making as a way of developing the following skills and attributes in its participants: communication (namely listening, teamwork and respect), confidence and self-worth, creative problem solving, adaptability and perseverance.
In Harmony Opera North gives pupils in years 2 – 6 the opportunity to participate in music making activities including group instrumental lessons, signing, playing in an orchestra, music workshops and playing musical instruments.