Audio Archive

Nick Watts,  DARE Intern, Fundraising Academy Coordinator

For his year in industry, Nick Watts, who is studying Music and Philosophy at the University of Leeds, was appointed Coordinator of the DARE Fundraising Academy June 2014 – September 2014.  It was the first paid DARE Internship.

He discusses his experience with Julia Mascetti.

DARE Fundraising Academy

The DARE Fundraising Academy is a practise based training programme, designed to grow the future leaders in arts fundraising. Established in July 2014, nearly 200 applicants applied to the fellowship programme and 65 were tested at an assessment centre at the University of Leeds. Watch the video below to find out more about the fellowship programme and the assessment day.

Dramaturgy Sandpits

DARE Sandpits bring together the expert and the curious to share knowledge, challenge perspectives and enjoy energising discussion.

Seven Sandpit events have taken place since 2006, each on a different theme, jointly chosen and relevant to Opera North’s artistic vision.  A broad spectrum of internal and external participants present provocations and discuss research, experience, opinion and perception, all of which informs Opera North’s long-term creative thinking.

Dominic Gray photoDominic Gray – The Sandpit

Dominic Gray is Projects Director at Opera North. The Projects department, with it’s home in the beautifully restored Howard Assembly Room, creates and curates small-scale touring shows, site specific performance and commissions, together with a rolling programme of artistic residencies.

Dominic discusses the motivation behind the Sandpits, how they operate, their purpose and how they have resulted in exciting new thinking and new work.

Stuart Murray photoProfessor Stuart Murray – Autism and Opera

Stuart Murray is the Professor of Contemporary Literatures and Film at the University of Leeds. His research led to a Sandpit entitled “Music and Mental Health; Autism and Opera” which in turn inspired the creation of an opera centered around autism.

In this interview Stuart discusses the journey from research to performance, including how the Sandpit illuminated his thinking; the artistic decisions and creative process; its “real world” relevance; the politics of autism, and autistic identity. Interview by Julia Mascetti.

The DARE Internship Experience

Julia Mascetti photoJulia Mascetti – DARE Intern

Julia is a BA Music student at the University of Leeds who became a DARE intern in 2012-13. This led to diverse opportunities including being cast as an extra in Opera North’s production of Albert Herring

In this interview she discusses how she became involved with DARE, her experience as an extra, the insights she’s gained and what she’s learned about the rehearsal process for a successful professional opera.

Interview by Natalie Rawel (DARE Intern).

Chris Clark – Pettman DARE International Performance Scholar

Chris Clark, trumpeter and conductor from New Zealand, was awarded the third Pettman DARE Scholarship in 2012/13. Engaging with leading conductors and trumpeters has provided rare insights into the two roles, particularly in the creation of large-scale opera.

He discusses his experience of the scholarship, the city of Leeds, Opera North and the University of Leeds, the opportunities the scholarship gave him and his goals and ambitions for the future as a result of the scholarship.

Opera North and Leeds University Union Music Society Open Chorus

In April 2013 Opera North’s Chorus Master, Tim Burke, ran a workshop with the LUUMS Open Chorus. They had never sung opera before.

Tim discusses working with newcomers to opera and University of Leeds students discuss their experience of the workshop and the DARE collaboration.