‘Seasons of Love’ – Opera North & M@HoT Collaboration


This Sunday, 18 March, over 120 children will be taking to the stage at the Dolphin Centre in Darlington for a special performance celebrating the musical talents of young people across the North of England.

Seasons of Love features five of Opera North’s youth ensembles including the Opera North Children’s Choruses from Leeds, Hull and Newcastle, as well as the young people who sing with Opera North Young Voices and Opera North Youth Chorus in Leeds. They will be joined by Barnard Castle’s youth folk band, Cream Tees, which was established in 2012 to help revive the region’s folk music, song and dance traditions as part of the Heart of Teesdale project. The participants will range from 8 to 19 years old, creating an inspiring opportunity for all ages to sing together and experience live performance.

Opera North Youth Chorus
(Photo by Justin Slee)

A story of love and loss throughout the year, the production is based on traditional folk songs and tales and includes such toe-tapping favourites as My Bonny Lad, Whittingham Fair, John Barleycorn and The Oak and The Ash. The senior band members from Cream Tees will also play their own composition Rooted – A Teesdale Suite, while everyone in the band will perform Tunes from Teeside. Nick Shaw, Opera North Choral Delivery Artist, conducts.

Jacqui Cameron, Opera North Education Director, said:

“Our Youth Ensembles meet weekly in the North to learn from, and play with, professional musicians, and to explore all kinds of musical genres. This is the first time that all the groups have come together to sing in one venue, and we are delighted to be able to stage the performance in Darlington.

“Over the past few sessions, all the young people have really enjoyed discovering more about the rich folk heritage of the North East. They are now looking forward to meeting the members of the other youth ensembles and to collaborating with the highly-regarded Cream Tees.”

Opera North Children’s Chorus
(Photo by Justin Slee)

The performance lasts around an hour and is perfect for all the family. It starts at 4pm in the Dolphin Centre with adult tickets available for £7.50 for adults and £3.50 for children from www.operanorth.co.uk.

The event precedes Opera North’s return to the North East. The Company will be in residence at the Theatre Royal in Newcastle from Tuesday 20 March to Saturday 24 March with its Fatal Passions season which features a trio of big-hitting Italian operas: Madama Butterfly (Puccini), Don Giovanni (Mozart) and Un ballo in maschera (Verdi).

Opera North’s Education activities are supported by the Opera North Future Fund and The Whitaker Charitable Trust. The Opera North Youth Chorus is supported by The Holbeck Charitable Trust and The Liz and Terry Bramall Foundation. The Opera North Children’s Chorus and Young Voices is supported by The Holbeck Charitable Trust, The D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust, the Hull and East Riding Charitable Trust (Hull), The Liz and Terry Bramall Foundation (Leeds) and The Carntyne Trust (Leeds and Newcastle).

For further information, please contact:

Elizabeth Simmonds, Press Officer | 0113 213 5641 | elizabeth.simmonds@operanorth.co.uk

Rowland Thomas, Press Officer | 0113 223 3528 | rowland.thomas@operanorth.co.uk

Julia O’Sullivan, Head of Communications | 0113 223 3526 | julia.o’sullivan@operanorth.co.uk