Visitors to Ripon Cathedral can look forward to a double treat on Thursday 26 May as the children from In Harmony Opera North stage a lunchtime concert in the nave, followed that evening by an event featuring the Opera North Children's Chorus and the Cathedral choristers.
At 1.15pm, as part of Ripon Cathedral’s free lunchtime concert series, 300 In Harmony Opera North children from two Leeds primary schools will entertain people with a 45-minute repertoire on a Shakespeare theme conducted by Opera North’s Education Choral Delivery Team. In Harmony Opera North was launched three years ago with the aim of enhancing the health and well-being of people in South Leeds through the work of Opera North. Since it began, pupils at Windmill Primary School and Low Road Primary School have received weekly tuition in playing an instrument, singing, and performing in orchestras, alongside other creative projects and arts-based activities both in and after school. This is the first time they have sung in the Cathedral.
In the evening, it is the turn of Opera North's Children Chorus who will be appearing with the Cathedral’s boy and girl choristers. Together, the children will sing a selection of sacred choral music including Fauré’s Pie Jesu and Tantum Ergo, Franck’s Panis Angelicus and Britten’s Missa Brevis. Starting at 7.00pm, the concert will be directed by Opera North’s Justin Doyle and Andrew Bryden from Ripon Cathedral Choir, with Tim Harper on the organ.
The Trust has pledged to raise £5 million to help secure the future of music at the historic place of worship for generations to come.
In Harmony. Photo credit: Tom Arber
Opera North Children's Chorus. Photo credit: Brian Slater