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    At a particularly challenging time for live music and performance, Harrogate-based financial planning service bdb have confirmed their second year of partnership with Opera North, reaffirming their commitment to championing the arts and supporting the company as it seeks to transform lives through its work across the region and beyond.

    Andrew Brook-Dobson, Managing Director at bdb, commented:

    “We are delighted to be entering into our second year of partnership with Opera North, at a time when it has become clear how vital the arts are to wellbeing and the genuine enjoyment that they bring to people’s lives. Our partnership with Opera North over the past year and a half has been rewarding and productive, and we are proud to support them in their mission to use music and performance to create memorable and inspirational experiences for everyone.”

    The two companies have worked closely together over the past year to enable more people in the region to experience the power of music. As a result, engagement with the arts has become an integral part of bdb’s philosophy, with both organisations creating a special event together at Bowcliffe Hall in Leeds last year. With the current restrictions regarding live performance, the two companies will continue to collaborate flexibly through unique digital engagement opportunities and look forward to being back together in person in 2021 as the situation changes and performances in front of an audience are permitted again.

    Richard Mantle, Opera North’s General Director, said:

    “We are proud to have developed this partnership with bdb, a renowned Yorkshire business which, like us, has at its heart an ambition to enable its people to experience the extraordinary every day.

    “Our determination to make music is undiminished despite the current challenges, and we aim to build back better as next year we complete Music Works, our ambitious £18m building project in the heart of Leeds. Throughout 2020, we have stayed true to our purpose of creating music and opera for and with everyone both online and in the theatre – something which would not have been possible without the steadfast support of our corporate partners. We are grateful to them for helping to ensure that we can continue to innovate, inspire and engage with communities across the North of England and beyond.”

    A registered charity and one of the UK’s largest arts companies, Opera North is funded through a combination of public and private sources, earned revenue from ticket sales, and support from individual and corporate donors. Through its partnerships with companies such as bdb, Opera North aims to build increasingly strong connections with successful business leaders who value the role the arts play in making the North of England a vibrant place to live and work, and in helping to maintain both staff and client wellbeing during complex times.

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