Youth band, Cream Tees, have enjoyed a particularly busy weekend!
The youngsters, teamed up with over 120 musicians from all over the North of England for a special performance celebrating the musical talent of the area’s young people.
The event, entitled Seasons of Love, took place on Sunday, March 18, at the Dolphin Centre, Darlington and featured 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.
Participants ranged from 8 to 19 years old, providing an inspiring opportunity for all ages to sing together and experience live performance.
A story of love and loss throughout the year, the production was based on traditional folk songs and tales and included 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 also played their own composition Rooted – A Teesdale Suite, while everyone in the band also performed Tunes from Teeside. Nick Shaw, Opera North Choral Delivery Artist, conducted the event.
Cream Tees, was established in 2012 to help revive the region’s folk music, song and dance traditions as part of the Heart of Teesdale project.
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 looked forward to meeting the members of the other youth ensembles and to collaborating with the highly-regarded Cream Tees.”
The event preceded 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).
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