Five lead artists are preparing to take part in the latest of Opera North’s Resonance residencies this April and May, developing new ideas in workshops and work in progress performances with the support of PRS Foundation.

Composer, rapper and MC Testament develops a new musical telling the story of Shirley Chisholm, the first black woman to run for the office of President of the USA. Work in progress performance at Leeds Town Hall, Fri 5 April, 4.00pm Zimbabwean soul singer Thabo brings together image, sound and scent in a multi-sensory immersive performance. Work in progress performance at Howard Assembly Room, Leeds, Fri 12 April, 5.00pm

Jazz singer and songwriter Nishla Smith explores an ancestor’s disappearance through a song cycle. Work in progress performance at Howard Assembly Room, Leeds, Fri 26 April, 5.00pm

Vocalist Sarah Yaseen combines Sufi song with film and theatrical performance to narrate her path towards freedom and identity. Work in progress performance at Howard Assembly Room, Leeds, Fri 3 May, 5.00pm

Vocalist Keertan Kaur Rehal brings traditional South Asian art-song into the 21st century. Work in progress performance at Howard Assembly Room, Leeds, Sun 5 May, 4.00pm

Launched in 2017, Resonance offers professional artists from BAME backgrounds working in any genre of music, who are based in the North of England, the opportunity to take their work in new directions, to experiment with collaborators, and to test the results in front of an audience.

 

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