Over 1300 primary and secondary pupils from 34 schools are putting the finishing touches to a series of concerts which will be taking place across the North of England for Opera North's Big Sing.
The project has seen the children, and their teachers, working with Opera North's professional choral delivery artists to master a specially-composed song cycle inspired by the Company's performances of Wagner’s complete Ring cycle, currently on tour around the country.
Arranged and written by conductor Justin Doyle, Myths and Legends tells the story of the creation of the world as depicted in traditional Scandinavian folk tunes and Old Norse sagas, including the Icelandic Eddas which fired Wagner’s imagination. The audience are taken on an exhilarating journey through icy cold regions and scorching hot worlds, witnessing fights between giants and Nordic gods, visiting the golden halls of Asgard and watching horse-drawn chariots pull the moon and sun into their places in the sky.
Six Big Sing performances are planned in Yorkshire, Northumberland, Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire. The first one takes place on Tuesday 28 June in the Howard Assembly Room in Leeds with subsequent performances in the Young Hearts Theatre at Kingswood Academy in Hull; the historic surroundings of Hexham Abbey; two concerts in Nottingham’s landmark Albert Hall; Cast in Doncaster and, finally, Lincoln Performing Arts Centre. The children will be accompanied throughout by the Chorus of Opera North.
Tickets start at £2.00 per person and are available from each venue or through the participating schools.
Opera North’s Big Sing is supported by The Winship Foundation and The D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust. Opera North Education is supported by the Whitaker Charitable Trust and the Opera North Future Fund.
The schools taking part in Opera North’s Big Sing are:
Tuesday 28 June – Howard Assembly Room, Leeds
Barkerend Primary School; Low Road Primary School; Windmill Primary School.
Wednesday 29 June – Young Hearts Theatre at Kingswood Academy
Bude Park Primary School
Friday 1 July – Hexham Abbey
Bede Academy; Chollerton First School; George Washington Primary School; Haydon Bridge Shaftoe Primary School; Hexham East First School.
Tuesday 5 July – Albert Hall, Nottingham
Ambleside Primary School; Bentink Primary School; Berridge Primary School; Blue Bell Hill Primary School; Cantrell Primary School; Carrington Primary School; Glade Hill Primary School; Glapton Academy; Haydn Primary School; Mellers Primary School; Nottingham Girls’ Academy; Old Basford School; Rosslyn Park Primary; Southwark Primary School; St Augustine’s Catholic Primary School; Warren Primary Academy.
Wednesday 6 July – Cast, Doncaster
Askern Spa Junior School; Barnburgh Primary School; Copley Junior School; Richmond Hill Primary School; Ridgewood School.
Thursday 7 July – Lincoln Performing Arts Centre, Lincoln
Barnes Wallis Academy; Charles Read Academy; Thomas Middlecott Academy.
Bude Park Primary School. Photo credit: Darren Casey
In Harmony Opera North. Photo credit: Tom Arber
Windmill Primary School. Photo credit: Simon Marshall