Opera North

Opera North is an opera company based in Leeds which tours to theatres and concert halls throughout the North of England and beyond.  We have a venue called The Howard Assembly Room where we put on gigs, concerts, spoken word and film – this is currently being redeveloped, reopening in September 2020. With a full-time orchestra and chorus, plus large costume, technical, education and community partnerships departments, we offer a diverse range of artistic experiences.

We run a scheme called Encore which enables us to build relationships with groups and organisations that work with people who may have barriers to attending our performances.  Encore members can access heavily subsidised tickets, special events and a personalised booking system as well as taster performances and workshops.

We were awarded Theatre of Sanctuary status in 2018 for our work in welcoming refugees and asylum seekers.

“We’ve seen improved mental health from experiencing live musical performance, as well as having ‘things to do’ on an evening. Most of our clients live in very poor accommodation and struggle to occupy their time. This forced inactivity can have particularly negative affects on individual’s mental health. Visits to the opera and HAR has changed this.”

We started Arts Together because we know that wonderful things can happen when arts organisations and community groups come together to share their ideas and experiences!

Contact details

2C The Gateway East
Marsh Lane

Tel: 0113 223 3629
Email: [email protected]
Email: [email protected]

Image credit: Tristram Kenton

People you may meet

  • Alice Gilmour

    I work as Community Partnerships and Access Officer at Opera North so I'm responsible for making Opera North’s performances accessible, which includes organising audio described, signed, captioned and dementia-friendly performances. First record ever bought - Nik Kershaw's 'Wouldn't it be good'!

  • Tiph Kelly-Mancaux

    As the Community Partnerships Assistant at Opera North, I welcome guests and assist at events, workshops and performances. I help Alice administer our engagement work with local groups and organisations, Arts Together and our access work. Fun fact: I once went to an underwater concert in Iceland.

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