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Opera North Launches Armistice Arts Activity For Men
As the city prepares to commemorate the centenary of the end of World War I, Opera North is looking for men from across the community to take part in a new arts project based on the conflict and its aftermath.

Called Silent Night Creatives, the project has been inspired by the UK premiere of the WWI-based opera Silent Night which opens at Leeds Town Hall in November as part of ‘Armistice 100’. The opera takes as its starting point the 1914 truce when peace spontaneously broke out between French, German and Scottish troops in the trenches. Alongside the principal singers, the production features a 100-strong choir of male voices including members of the Chorus of Opera North, young people from Opera North Youth Chorus and students from the Royal Northern College of Music.

Building on this remembrance of the soldiers at the front, Silent Night Creatives offers all men and boys aged over 14 the chance to discuss and imaginatively respond to the First World War through music and drama. Working with a Director and Vocal Leader in a relaxed, friendly setting, they will create characters and stories based on war-time words and songs. The workshops will culminate in a special short performance at Leeds Town Hall before each showing of the opera.

Jacqui Cameron, Education Director at Opera North said:

“This music and drama project has been created specifically with men and boys in mind, as they are currently underrepresented within our creative arts participation programme.

“As the First and Second World Wars pass from living memory, we are looking for participants from different generations to explore their legacy together and to discover whether our views of the major conflicts of the 20th century are changing over time. People are very welcome to come on their own or to bring a lad, dad, grandad or friend.”

The free workshops will take place in Leeds City Centre over four Saturday afternoons from 3 November, from 2.30pm to 5pm. No previous experience in drama or music is required, and there is no need to audition to take part. Anyone interested in coming along is asked to register their interest at https://www.operanorth.co.uk/silent-night-creatives-sign-up/ before Monday 22 October.

Silent Night Creatives is just one of several events Opera North is holding to mark the centenary of the Armistice, including two new commissions: Not Such Quiet Girls, a co-production with Leeds Playhouse telling the often-overlooked stories of women who volunteered on the front line, and Will Todd’s Songs of Love and Battle which brings together Opera North Youth Ensembles and the Orchestra of Opera North to explore the emotions of war through the poetry of Maggie Gottlieb. The orchestra will also be performing War Horse: The Story in Concert with St Peter’s Singers and Sir Michael Morpurgo, the former Children’s Laureate, as narrator.

Tickets for all events are available from operanorth.co.uk

Opera North Launches Armistice Arts Activity For Men, 11th October 2018, 21:53 PM