Opera North receives Paul Hamlyn Award worth £500,000
24 June 2013, Leeds, UK
Opera North at Howard Assembly Room in Leeds
The UK’s Paul Hamlyn Foundation has awarded Opera North £500,000 to widen audiences, with a particular focus on building sustainable relationships with community partners in their local areas.
The Paul Hamlyn Award will be spread over five years, supporting the development of a tailor-made audience development scheme for the company. Awards of £500,000 each have also been given to arts organisations in Cardiff, Glasgow, Liverpool and Truro.
The Awards celebrate 25 years of arts philanthropy by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation. Régis Cochefert, who heads the Foundation’s arts division, said: ‘We want to see more people attending shows or concerts on a regular basis, but we recognise how hard it can be for venues to reach some parts of the community.’