Sunday, February 16, 2020 - 13:00

To hear how the opera company connects with communities, and why, join Opera North’s Education Director, Jacqui Cameron, on Sunday, February 16th, at the Stanislavsky and Nemirovich - Danchenko Moscow Music Theatre. She will share the successes and challenges of various strands of their activity, including their work with young people through schools in a socio-economically deprived area of Leeds and the process of supporting a community in the north of England to write and perform their own opera to tell the story that they want to tell.


13:00 – 14:30 Presentation by Jacqui Cameron, Education Director of Opera North, where education has been an essential part of the theatre’s work for many years.
14:45 – 16:00 Workshop with composer James Garner, who will talk about making music with audiences without an academic music background.

Please register to attend. The event will be in English with translation.

The mission statement of Opera North’s Education department reads:

Creating Extraordinary Experiences Every Day; connecting with communities and inspiring each generation through opera. Opera North believe that opera companies can support people of all ages to develop their creativity further and that participating in Arts activity – whether music, drama or dance – can enhance the health and well-being of people in the communities where they work. Evaluation suggests arts participation can reduce loneliness and isolation among our oldest residents; it can support community cohesion and the development of a ‘sense of place’. Embedding regular music making activity within a school curriculum has been shown to support pupils to benefit from a range of personal and social outcomes: to raise aspirations, increase expectations and develop communication and teamworking skills, confidence, self-worth, creativity, problem solving, adaptability and resilience.

About the speakers

Jacqui Cameron, Education Director, Opera North

A graduate of the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, Glasgow University and the Royal Conservatoire of Music in Toronto, Jacqui Cameron has delivered instrumental teaching in numerous Scottish schools, performed as a flautist in a range of settings and worked in arts management; the latter including 10 years within the Learning and Participation Team at Sage Gateshead.

As Education Director at Opera North, Jacqui is a member of the Senior Management Team, and holds responsibility for the strategic direction, programme and financial performance of a 32 strong education team delivering activity across the North of England. Through its education work, Opera North seeks to encourage people to explore the art form of opera and the work of Opera North and to break down perceived barriers to engagement with the artform.

James Garner, British composer, musical director and educator.

James' works has been performed in the UK and Canada, at venues including Kings Place, Arcola Theatre, Milton Court Theatre, Le Camp Musical du Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean and Théâtre Paradoxe