Students take on opera

Bede Academy students learn from Opera North
Bede Academy students learn from Opera North
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Young singers are tuning up for a unique opportunity that is giving them their first taste of opera.

Bede Academy, in Blyth, is collaborating with Opera North in workshops leading to a performance at Hexham Abbey on July 1.

Members of the academy’s junior choir are learning songs for the performance, Myths and Legends, in which children from just four other north east schools will take part, alongside Opera North’s chorus.

Director of music at Bede Helen Kerr said: “This opportunity for some of our students to not only benefit from coaching by members of Opera North in the run-up to the performance, but also then to have the privilege of singing with the professional chorus in the abbey is something really special.

“Collaborations like this are extremely valuable to us and the students do appreciate how lucky they are and the amount they can learn from the experience.”

Matt Beckingham, artistic head of Leeds-based Opera North’s education vocal programme, led the second workshop at the academy, accompanied by pianist Chris Pulleyn.

Matt said: “They are doing well, they’re really flying. It’s evident that singing is a big part of the academy.”