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Opera North

Join us for Opera North’s very first Theatre of Sanctuary Open Mic Night, a celebration of collaboration and connection featuring musicians from around the world who are now based in our region.

Hosted by South African singer-songwriter Thandanani Gumede, the line-up includes Stone Flowers, a Manchester-based collective of musicians who have fled conflict, as well as short performances by talented musicians from the refugee and asylum seeker community in West Yorkshire. Read More.

Created by West Yorkshire-based composers Boff Whalley (Chumbawamba) and Thanda Gumede, a new song inspired by the county and its inhabitants will be premiered online as part of Sound UK’s nationwide project A Song for Us on Wednesday 2 February 2022.

‘Looking Out, Reaching Out’ is one of 14 County songs written to mark the struggles of the past 18 months. It’s co-commissioned by Sound UK and Opera North, and it aims to celebrate communities and the power of music in bringing them together. Read More

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