Leeds Beckett University were proud to host the final performance of Opera North’s first Summer Orchestra Camp last Friday, 26th August.eIn partnership with the University of Leeds School of Music, the camp ran from 22 – 26 August and invited musicians over 10 years of age who already play an orchestral instrument to take part. The project included musicians who play string instruments, woodwind and percussion.
During the week, participants explored different areas of musicianship through instrumental activities, singing sessions, and drama and movement workshops. The young musicians also had the opportunity to rehearse with members from the Orchestra of Opera North before playing with the full orchestra at the end of the week in a performance conducted by Martin Pickard at the James Graham Great Hall, Leeds Beckett University.
The closing concert repertoire saw 60 aspiring musicians perform pieces inspired by one of the Company’s autumn season productions, Billy Budd.
Jacqui Cameron, Opera North Education Director, said: “We’re delighted with how successful our first Orchestra Camp has been and how enthusiastically all the young musicians approached the workshops, rehearsals and the final performance with the Orchestra of Opera North. The standard of playing impressed us from the outset and the James Graham Great Hall proved to be the perfect venue for the final performance with its combination of flexible space, great acoustics and easy accessibility from the city.”
Clare Vidler, Conference Manager at Well Met Conferencing comments: “To be able to utilise our grandest space to its full potential is a real honour and we’re so pleased that Opera North chose Leeds Beckett University as their venue for the closing concert. It’s inspiring to see young people take time out of their summer holiday to attend the Company’s first Summer Orchestra Camp and embrace the opportunity to play alongside the acclaimed Orchestra of Opera North. We endeavour to provide excellent venues and facilities for a range of events, and the James Graham Great Hall is the perfect space for event bookers looking for a large, flexible space with more than a touch of grandiose to impress any discerning visitor!”