Opera North


In 2011 Opera North established the Opera North Children’s Chorus (ONCC), a regular children’s chorus that involves up to 92 children aged 7-13 years from diverse backgrounds in Yorkshire who demonstrate a natural aptitude for singing.

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It ran from 10:00 AM, 6 December 2012 to 5:00 PM, 19 December 2012

Registered Charity in England and Wales (511726)

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Following extensive research Opera North Education established that Leeds would benefit from a children’s chorus which is open to all, which does not focus on liturgical music and that will perform to the highest artistic standards. Other than the Cathedral and parish church choirs in Leeds (which focus on sacred music and might not attract families from other religious backgrounds), research failed to identify any children’s choirs in Leeds open to all young people of an accepted excellence.


Opera North has recruited girls and boys with unbroken voices from West and North Yorkshire 23% of pupils are from ‘hard pressed’ families or are based in disadvantaged areas of Leeds. The children do not necessarily have any musical experience and will undertake appropriate training once they join the chorus. They will develop strong skills in musicianship, learn to read music, develop their singing voices, learn stagecraft and perform alongside professional singers and artists.