Newcastle upon Tyne has a rich history of music, arts and culture. From the Theatres, Universities and Colleges to the various Arts institutions both north and south of the river, it is clear that the North East values art produced at the highest level. However, despite the city housing England's most Northern Opera House (Tyne Theatre) there is very little opportunity for people to be part of producing full scale operatic works, and a particular lack of opportunities open to all ages and ability levels.
We would like to provide a safe place to help anyone who expresses an interest, to become involved in the 500+ year old tradition of Opera. From singing, acting and dancing; to design, set building and special effects - we would like to foster a nurturing environment to help people become involved in this all encompassing artform without breaking the bank and without compromising on inclusivity.
How you can help us
Reaching our crowdfunding target of £1650 will go a long way to helping us reach out to the people that are interested and build our profile within the city of Newcastle as well as the UK. It will enable us to provide the materials necessary to start a friendship scheme in support of our work as well as hosting a launch event to build links with the press and other arts institutions within the city.
More specifically the money raised through this campaign will help us to:
- Advertise through both electronic and physical means
- Provide printed materials to potential sponsors and supporters
- Offset the costs of our initial rehearsals (Venue, Accompanist, Music printing...)
- Purchase a keyboard instrument for our rehearsals and performances
- Conduct DBS checks of our staff and trustees
- Purchase relevant insurance
What we will offer
From January 2019 we will run weekly workshop sessions lead by our Artistic Director, Robert Hardiment (More about Robert) with the aim of putting on 3 concerts within our first year. In 2020 we will stage our first full scale opera in the Regieoper tradition. We are delighted to have Dr. Nell Drew of 'Aria Alba - Opera for all' on board to advise us and to provide drama workshops at the highest level. (More about Nell and Aria Alba).
More information about Harlekin Studio Opera's aims can be found at our website, but here are our official charitable objects as listed in our constitution:
- To make a high level of education in music and drama attainable to individuals regardless of previous experience or financial circumstances.
- To make Opera accessible and relevant to wider audiences and break down preconceptions of Opera as an elitist art form.
- To nurture people regardless of background or personal circumstances and provide them with a safe place to grow in confidence and self-knowledge as a valued team member.
- To enrich local communities with thought provoking musical and dramatic performances.
- To strive for excellence in Opera and further the art form in the UK without compromising on inclusivity.
- To provide opportunities for performers, designers, artists, craftspeople and technicians to develop and showcase their skills within the context of the CIO.
- To provide supplementary training to students of performing arts at institutions within Newcastle upon Tyne.
Harlekin Studio Opera is entirely managed by volunteers and all donations will directly impact the enrichment of many people's lives. We are also enabling a stretch target for this campaign. £1650 is the minimum amount required to get us going, but in the future we would like to offer reduced fees for members of limited means and even put on some free workshops open to the general public, but at this stage we cannot achieve this without subsidisation.