In Harmony donations will be doubled for one week

Four South Leeds schools could benefit from Opera North’s fundraising push ‘Let Music Inspire’ and donations next week will be doubled.

For one week only from Tuesday 19 March, every donation made towards Opera North’s ‘Let Music Inspire’ campaign will be matched pound for pound thanks to the Big Give’s ‘Arts for Impact’ campaign, doubling the difference made to the children in the company’s partner schools.

  • £15 could provide sponge shoulder rests for a class of young violinists
  • £50 could keep the cellos at perfect pitch by providing a set of new strings
  • £200 could give a child their very own trumpet or violin
  • £500 could inspire the In Harmony Choirs through six weeks of afterschool sessions
  • £1,000 could bring the joy to the whole school with a live workshop given by members of the Orchestra of Opera North.

Over the course of the week, Opera North aims to raise £20,000 to support its In Harmony programme which currently enriches the lives of 2,500 children each week in seven schools across West Yorkshire, including Windmill Primary School, Low Road Primary School, New Bewerley Community School and Clapgate Primary School.

The award-winning initiative gives every pupil the opportunity to learn how to sing and play a musical instrument during their primary school years, together with regular chances to perform, often with members of the Orchestra and Chorus of Opera North. The company also works closely with the wider community around the participating schools to deepen cultural engagement more broadly. 

Jacqui Cameron, Director of Learning & Engagement at Opera North, says:

“Opera North is delighted to have been selected for the Big Give’s ‘Arts for Impact’ campaign, in partnership with New Philanthropy for Arts and Culture. With In Harmony, we’re looking to encourage engagement with the arts at the outset of young people’s education, thereby having a lasting impact on their lives. We would love people to support us by making a donation during the week knowing that whatever they give will be matched by the Big Give, enabling us to bring the joy of high-quality music-making into even more young lives in the future.”

The Big Give ‘Arts for Impact’ campaign runs from midday on Tuesday 19 March until midday on Tuesday 26 March with all donations made via going towards the grand total. More information can be found on the Opera North website from Tuesday.


This post is based on a press release issued by Opera North

Pupils enjoying In Harmony’s 10th Anniversary celebrations at the Howard Assembly Rooms. Credit: Tom Arber


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